Tour & Talk

Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer

Brookdale’s Tour & Talk day trips and overnight adventures offer yearlong opportunities for discovering places of cultural and historical interest. Get on board a luxury motor coach for a unique experience with a community of like-minded learning enthusiasts. Leave the planning and the driving to us – sit back and enjoy the ride. Buses depart from Parking Lot #1 at the Lincroft campus.

Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art: Lunch At Marseille

Join church historian, Dr. Chris Bellitto, and Rabbi Emeritus Brooks Susman for an exploration of the Met’s largest Michelangelo exhibit ever. Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer will bring together 150 drawings, three marble sculptures and other works from museums and collections across America and Europe. Also includes three pieces (two rarely displayed drawings, and one sculpture) from the Met’s collection. A docent-led tour focusing on the art of the Italian Renaissance will offer further insight into this once-in-a-lifetime museum experience. End the day at a local favorite, Marseille, enjoying delicious dishes reflecting the influences of France, Italy, Greece and Northern Africa.

Thurs, Jan 18, 8:15 am-5 pm
Fee and Code: $149, XTRVY 241

Edvard Much exhibit artEdvard Munch: Between The Clock And The Bed At The Met Breuer; The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch’s Photography At The Scandinavia House: Lunch At Smorgas Chef

The iconic painting, The Scream, was only a small part of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s prodigious output. Explore an impressive selection of some 45 paintings by Munch including seven works never before shown in the United States. View Sick Mood at Sunset, Despair (1892) which is being displayed outside of Europe for only the second time in its history – it is the earliest depiction and compositional genesis of The Scream. Visit the Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center of America for a guided tour of the master painter’s photographic work also on view for the first time in the United States. The Experimental Self exhibition emphasizes Munch’s playful techniques – resulting in a collection of photographs that have been rendered poetic. Indulge in the Nordic cuisine of Smorgas Chef.

Thurs, Jan 25, 8:15 am-6:15 pm
Fee and Code: $159, XTRVY 242

backstage at the Metropolitan OperaBackstage Tour Of The Metropolitan Opera House: Brunch At Marseille

Go behind the scenes for an exclusive look at what it takes to make operatic magic at the Met! Known as the venue for the world’s greatest voices, the Met is one of the most technologically advanced stages in the world. Experience a fascinating backstage look at one of the world’s premiere performing arts organizations, including visits to the scenic and carpentry shops, rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, and stage area. Sunday brunch at Marseille is sure to please. Bravo!

Sun, Mar 4, 9:30 am-5 pm
Fee and Code: $145, XTRVY 243

Dance to the Movies promotional photoDance To The Movies At Bucks County Playhouse: Brunch At Lambertville Station

Starring TV’s Dancing With The Stars Celebrity Pros, So You Think You Can Dance top finalists and combining forces with singing stars from American Idol and The Voice, Dance to the Movies recreates some of the most iconic characters and memorable musical moments from movies like West Side Story, Grease, Chicago, Hairspray and Moulin Rouge. With new, stunning dances to scores from such movies as The Godfather, Titanic, The Matrix and Les Misérables, they create cinema magic – LIVE onstage. Enjoy a delicious brunch at Lambertville Station on the bank of the Delaware River.

Sat, March 10, 9:30 am-6 pm
Fee and Code: $165, XTRVY 244

Teddy Roosevelt's home: Sagamore HillTeddy’s Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill: Lunch At Ocean Restaurant

“I wonder if you will ever know how I love Sagamore Hill,” Theodore Roosevelt, just hours before he breathed his last, on Jan 6, 1919. He is long gone, but the house lives on, an enticing entryway to the past, and surely the most vividly personal of the presidential shrines. Its 23 rooms retain their original furnishings and knickknacks and the profusion of stuffed animal heads, bear rugs, weird furniture and miles of books that Roosevelt amassed and displayed. A most emphatically family home, a place where children ran wild and Roosevelt, in some ways an overgrown child himself, expressed every facet of his outsize personality. Experience a guided tour of the Queen Ann home that served as a refuge for the popular leader and the Summer White house from 1902-1908. Enjoy a scrumptious lunch in the beautiful setting of Ocean restaurant. Enjoy a “bully” of a day.

Thurs, Apr 12, 7:30 am-6 pm
Fee and Code: $135, XTRVY 245

ribbons of melting chocolate, waiting to be made into candies

Brooklyn Chocolate Bus Tour – How Sweet It Is!

Hershey’s? Fuhgettaboudit. All aboard New York City’s only chocolate bus tour – the ultimate sugar rush. Our step-on guide takes us to four of the most exclusive chocolatiers in Brooklyn – Jacques Torres Chocolates, The Chocolate Room, Raaka Chocolate, and LI-Lac Chocolates. Indulge in a delicious variety of traditional and artisanal chocolates at each stop. Learn the history of chocolate, see demonstrations and discover unique parts of Brooklyn such as Red Hook, Gowanus, Industry City, and Valentino Pier (offering one of the most amazing views of Lady Liberty anywhere.) Despite the temptation – one cannot survive on chocolate alone – we’ll visit Grimaldi’s in DUMBO for lunch and feast on their famous brick oven Margarita style pizza!

Tues, Apr 17, 9:15 am-6 pm
Fee and Code: $129, XTRVY 246

Egyptian exhibit at the University of PennsylvaniaWilliam Hamilton’s Mansion At The Woodlands National Historic Site; University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology: Lunch At The White Dog Café, University City

Experience a guided tour of the mansion of William Hamilton (1745-1813) which stands as one of the greatest American domestic achievements of the Eighteenth-Century. The house boasts the most sophisticated internal service spaces created at that time in Philadelphia. Its imported avant-garde neoclassical design presaged the formation of architectural trends in America that would dominate building design and construction for the first decades of the Nineteenth Century. Following a delicious lunch amidst the unique and lively décor of The White Dog Café, enjoy a guided tour of Penn Museum. One of the world’s great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the U.S., the Penn Museum illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from.

Thurs, May 3, 8:15 am-6:45 pm
Fee and Code: $139, XTRVY 247

Romeo et Juliette at the Metropolitan OperaRoméo et Juliette At The Metropolitan Opera House: Dinner At Amanda’s

Don’t miss Gounod’s epic romantic opera! Perhaps the most enduringly successful of the many operatic settings of the world’s consummate love story, Roméo et Juliette is an excellent example of French Romanticism, a tradition that values subtlety, sensuality, and graceful vocal delivery over showy effects. This opera focuses on the two lovers, who are given four irresistible duets. A hit of the 2016-17 Met season (“a revelation” declared the Huffington Post) the sweeping tragedy returns with Ailyn Pérez and Bryan Hymel, both celebrated in French repertoire, as the star-crossed young lovers. Opera legend Plácido Domingo conducts. Enjoy a delightful and delicious dining experience at Amanda’s, nestled in a charming Hoboken brownstone. Seats are in the Grand Tier Section.

Sat, May 5, 11 am-8:30 pm
Fee and Code: $259, XTRVY 248

The Delaware Art MuseumDelaware Art Museum; High Tea At The Hotel DuPont

Be mesmerized as you enter the museum by the breathtaking installation by glass artist Dale Chihuly. A docent-led tour of the galleries will provide fresh insight into the collection of American art spanning more than two hundred years. Explore the works of artists such as Raphaelle Peale, Winslow Homer, Frederic Church, Isabel Bishop, Edward Hopper, Norman Lewis, Dale Chihuly and more. Following a private light-lunch enjoy time on your own perusing the galleries, Sculpture Garden, and museum store. Relax and refresh with an exquisite afternoon tea including single estate teas from around the world, unique classic tea sandwiches, traditional scones and and array of handcrafted pastries at the elegant Hotel du Pont. A full day of exceptional taste!

Wed, May 16, 9 am-7 pm
Fee and Code: $139, XTRVY 249

LIVE At The Tenement Museum – A Tour & Talk Private Event

An unforgettable evening connecting the lives of the past to the present. Live the unique experience of America’s immigrants. Step inside the story of the Lower East Side – from the human dramas to the evolving architecture and thriving commerce – the very foundations of New York City. Meet the residents of 97 Orchard Street, explore multiple apartments in the Museum – an experience not available on any other tours – and learn how former residents strived to achieve their vision of the American dream for their families and their descendants. Evening ends with a private reception in the Orchard Room feasting on traditional Lower East Side big and small noshes and dessert.

Wed, Jun 20, 3:30-10:30 pm
Fee and Code: $169, XRVY 250

Lyndhurst MansionLyndhurst Mansion & Backstairs Tour: Lunch At Mima Vinoteca

Designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis (NY Customs House, Federal Hall, NYC, Wadsworth Atheneum, CT), Lyndhurst, the country estate to railroad magnate Jay Gould is one of America’s finest Gothic revival mansions. Simply stunning, its architectural brilliance is complemented by the park-like landscape and a vast collection of art, antiques, and furniture which have remained largely intact due to the mansion’s use as a country residence. In most instances the furnishing are original to the house with more than fifty pieces designed by the architect himself. We’ll extend our tour to the “other side” of life at Lyndhurst – descend from the observatory tower’s spectacular views of Hudson Valley and NYC to the servants’ quarters including the butler’s suite, root cellar, scullery, kitchen, ice closet, dining room and laundry building. Take time to smell the roses on a leisurely stroll thought the rose garden. Lunch in the rustic setting of Mima Vinoteca and indulge in the best of Mima’s cooking. Please note: Not recommended for individuals with disabilities or difficulty climbing stairs.

Wed, Jun 27, 8:15 am-6 pm
Fee and code: $135, XTRVY 251