To become an institutional member of the Museum Travel Alliance, please contact us at 855-533-0033 or 212-302-3251, or by email at Trips@MuseumTravelAlliance.com.
We can also address any questions you have that are not answered here:
What is the Museum Travel Alliance?
The Museum Travel Alliance (MTA) provides museums with the opportunity to offer their members and patrons high-end educational travel programming, all organized, at no cost to member institutions. MTA eliminates the concerns of time, resources, interest-level and financial risk that may otherwise dissuade museums from organizing trips for their patrons. In sponsoring trips for their patrons, museums are better able to offer access to specially created journeys to their patrons and donors.
What does it cost to become a member institution?
MTA membership is free for approved nonprofit institutions. There is no membership fee for the Museums or travelers.
Does MTA help its member institutions to market trips?
MTA provides electronic marketing tools to assist in promoting trips. Member organizations are responsible for their own marketing costs, which, with the assistance of the provided materials, should be minimal. Museum members need only market to their patrons and members to the extent they desire. In order to preserve our member institutions’ relationship with their patrons, MTA will not market any MTA programs to the general public.
Do the participating Museums benefit?
All member institutions will receive a per person accrual for each passenger traveling under the auspices of the member institution. Member institutions will continue to collect accruals from passengers traveling with MTA on future programs so long as the passenger does not make a future reservation under a different member institution’s name.
What is the selection of trips available to MTA travelers?
All trip offerings are listed on our website’s Where We Travel page. Travelers can choose from a selection of diverse offerings which trips to market to their patrons.
Who operates the programs for the Museum Travel Alliance?
All programs are developed and operated by Academic Arrangements Abroad, the leader in museum travel since 1977.
What makes MTA trips different?
MTA develops and operates trips that all include a curator, art historian, or other scholar among it leaders. In addition, trips typically include visits to major museums, archeological sites, and tours of interesting architecture. Frequently, receptions by local museum directors, curators and visits to private collections are included on the programs. Finally, many cruise programs are accompanied by other scholars who are experts in horticulture, politics, or the performing arts, for instance, to enrich our journeys on world class conveyances.
Are these trips advertised to travel agents?
Museum Travel Alliance trips are available exclusively to MTA-member institutions and their constituents. Trips are not offered through online consolidators, travel agents, or any newspapers, magazines, etc.
When does my institution travel with an institutional representative?
Institutions have the added benefit of sending a representative when twenty or more travelers join with their institution.
Does MTA have an Advisory Board?
Yes. MTA is pleased to have the guidance of an advisory board comprised of experienced museum professionals:
MTA Advisory Board
Marjorie H. Hodges, Director of External Relations and Special Projects, North Carolina Museum of Art
Chas A. Miller III, Executive Director, Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation
Samuel Sachs II, President, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation
James Welu, Director Emeritus, Worcester Museum of Art
Julián Zugazagoitia, Director, The Nelson-Atkins Museum