Traditionally, symposium planners have found that the most popular pre-tours are home visits where the art collections are usually inaccessible. Thanks to several dedicated patrons of the MMFA we arranged visits to three impressive home collections that our delegates truly appreciated. A side benefit to the generosity of these patrons allowed the symposium planners to allocate a greater percentage of the budget to other quality art and food venues.
In Montreal we allowed for 25 participants on 5 of the city pre-tours. Our country outing accommodated the largest number, at 40 participants. All were sold out very quickly. Feedback indicated that those who participated in the Montreal 2017 pre-tours were very impressed.
Pre-tours are the initial encounter that delegates have with the host city and the National Docent Symposium. Experienced delegates know that the pre-tours are very special, and they sign up early, to secure their chosen venue!