Day Tour

Contemporary Art Galleries of Chelsea in Context (3 Hours)

Context Travel

Chelsea, NY United States

Valid for Travel Now Through: 22 Mar 2019

Contemporary Art Galleries of Chelsea in Context (3 Hours )

Chelsea, NY United States

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing



Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level



In this three hour tour we’ll join a local curator, gallery owner or practicing artist to explore the fast paced and ever-changing world of contemporary art in New York. Whether you are well versed in the language of contemporary art or a curious novice, our small group (6 people max) gallery tour will introduce you to the latest installations by big name artists and emerging talent alike.

Focusing on the formerly industrial turned glamorous neighborhood of Chelsea, we will learn how this area became a nexus for the commercial gallery scene in the late 20th century. Exploring some of the city’s most well established galleries and early pioneers of Chelsea such as Mary Boone and Matthew Marks, we’ll discuss the dichotomy of the New York art market and the museum world. We will also find our way to several smaller boutique and ephemeral “pop-up” spaces, often the showcase for emerging artists and experimental works, where we’ll learn about the many directions in which contemporary art is headed in the 21st century.

As installations and shows change rapidly in the gallery world, the exact course of our tour will vary from day to day. Relying on the insight and expertise of our guide, and focusing on some of the most interesting and exciting current installations, we’ll gain a solid understanding of the New York’s arts scene by the end of our time together.

About Us

The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and heritage that make these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our docents are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s, or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

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Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.

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By: Joe C

Reviewed on: 27 Jun 2018

Without question they did a superb job.
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By: MJ

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

The trip was our first experience with Context and it was amazing!
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By: Shari

Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2018

The 6 person maximum of Context tours really made for an intimate learning experience. The docents they get to lead the groups were top notch!
Travel Advisor:  Kelly Millington