It’s one thing to visit a popular museum or art gallery. But if you want a really special experience, why not get access to a private collection?
In some cases, the trick to getting someone to open up their private collection for viewing is simply to reserve it ahead of time.
In Bangkok, Thailand, a visit to the Prasart Museum requires an appointment at least two days in advance.
The museum is the private collection of a local art lover, and features dozens of replicas of traditional buildings—including a Chinese temple and a Khmer shrine, as well as antique artifacts and memorabilia.
In Prague, the Lobkowicz family curates a private collection of royal art.
But instead of the public tour, concierge at the Four Seasons can arrange a private tour with the prince himself.
And here’s a tip: You don’t necessarily need to be a guest to ask a hotel concierge for advice.
Upscale tour companies can often arrange special experiences.
Abercrombie and Kent can arrange a viewing of the private stables of the royal family in Jordan, or an insider’s tour of the Cairo Museum in Egypt before it opens to the public.
Of course, these special experiences may cost you, but the memories that come with it are often priceless.
For more ideas, check out our Cultural Travel section.
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