Exclusive Donor Travel Opportunities

Director's Tour of Paris

America’s French Accent: Franco-American Relations Since 1776
September 10-16, 2017

Donors to the National Museum of American History are invited to Paris for an unforgettable behind-the-scenes exploration of the French-American alliance, from the American Revolution to the present, during the Director’s Tour. Together with Elizabeth MacMillan Director John Gray and Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs David Allison, you will follow in the footsteps of American revolutionaries who were part of the extraordinary experiment of shaping an independent United States of America.

Paris is more than a destination. It is a city alive with history that unites our two countries. Explore the places visited by our Founding Fathers while negotiating a partnership with France and peace with England. See the priceless works of art, the historic sites, and extraordinary museums and palaces that tell powerful stories often unknown to Americans. Be fascinated by respected experts and curators who will unveil the intriguing intricacies surrounding partnerships that developed during America’s War of Independence and modern-day conflicts such as World War I and World War II.

Enjoy this captivating look at the “City of Light” through special tours, discussions, the finest cuisine and exceptional five-star accommodations. Highlights include:

  • Visit the Marquis de Lafayette’s home, Château de la Grange-Bléneau, open exclusively for our group (subject to confirmation).
  • Imagine the role of our Founding Fathers and American negotiators in the court of Versailles, including a special experience in the Galerie des Batailles to see the Siege of Yorktown painting by Louis Charles-Auguste Couder.
  • Explore the full spectrum of the Franco-American partnership focused on the themes of ideals, ordeals and arts in the newly renovated Franco- American Museum, Château de Blérancourt.
  • Experience the collections vault of the Musée de l’Armée.
  • Dine at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence; in the Marquis de Lafayette’s home, where he spent the last seven winters of his life; and at the Maison de Balzac, where the Parisian novelist Honoré de Balzac wrote many of his masterpieces (events subject to confirmation).


Space is limited. For more information, contact Rachel Wood at (202) 633-3927 or WoodR@si.edu.