Museum Patron & Special Interest Groups

Our track-record

James McDonaugh founded Art Tours in 2008 and since then has had the privilege to create and deliver trips for high-level patron groups from a wide range of international museums, foundations and special interest clubs. Organisations include the Courtauld Institute of Art, New York Botanical Gardens, Royal Museums Greenwich, Watts Gallery, and Winchester Patrons to name just a few. Art Tours can expertly organise tours and events in the most fascinating places from Somerset to Sicily!

“Museum patrons and art history aficionados hire James McDonaugh”
The Wall Street Journal

Working in partnership

At Art Tours we pride ourselves on understanding your organisation’s ethos. We will work in close collaboration with the Development team, Director, curators and academics to build the highest-quality, tailor-made itineraries which respond to the unique needs of the organisation and high expectations of your guests.

“Thank you for such a wonderful tour to Florence. It couldn’t have been better. The arrangements were perfect, the timings excellent, the restaurants great and what a finale yesterday.”

Prof. Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director, The Courtauld Institute of Art

Unique experiences

Art Tours has privileged connections across the globe and can offer exclusive access to special, inaccessible places with the most knowledgeable experts and guides. Every trip is different, and the experiences are stellar, and even though we deliver so much our trips remain competitively priced.

“I don’t know how to start thanking you for such an excellent trip to Saxony…We all hugely appreciated the personal touch that you brought to our experience and the insights you gave. It does not matter how much planning one does in advance for these adventures- it is the execution that matters and in that you proved to be faultless.”
Alex Roe, Director, Winchester College Alumni

We make your life easier

James and his team of art tour professionals will work seamlessly with you on every aspect of the trip – think of them as a trusted extension of your team – so that you can focus on the other important aspects of your job.

“Enormous thanks are due to you, James, Katie and Carly for all your help before and during our tour of Lisbon. The trip was a great success…Helena was absolutely superb – we couldn’t have wished for a better guide – so kind, thoughtful, knowledgeable, attentive and warm, she was an absolute delight to work with…”
Alistair Burtenshaw, Director, The Watts Gallery

You and your guests are fully protected

Art Tours is ATOL protected and has every insurance in place to give you and your Patrons full peace of mind. In the unlikely event of a hitch, the team will know just what to do, so that the organisation’s reputation and the welfare of the guests are never compromised.