I love to travel for art. I have been doing so since I was a teen and able to travel alone. I have worked in the art world for over 10 years and am currently working at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
In planning a holiday, an exhibition or museum will often be the end point of my journey and I have realised that this is a great way to frame a trip: with cultural purpose.
I have selected my favourite spaces. Visiting them has taken me across the planet, incidentally visiting some of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world, and some of the most remote and tranquil locations.
Unlike in guidebooks, this is not an exhaustive list of all the museums in a city and I have not included historical or scientific spaces. The museums listed that are not modern and contemporary have been included for offering a new perspective on historical works, casting the art in a new light.
Art pilgrimages are locations to visit where there isn’t much else to see except the art space or project. These tend to be the most rewarding and remarkable trips in hard to reach places, where the ‘road trip’ is part of the experience.
I hope this site will encourage more to visit these spaces. It is the best way to immerse yourself in a culture – be it at home or abroad.
– The Art Pilgrim