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Kauffman Museum bus trip to feature rare treasures, "eclectic" OKC

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- A few spots remain for Kauffman Museum’s first bus trip of the fall, which offers participants the chance to get to know the Oklahoma City area in a new way, and to visit an exhibit of rarely-seen Italian treasures. The North Newton museum will host the Sept. 30-Oct. 1 trip to "Eclectic Oklahoma City." Tour highlights include: the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum; the Mabee-Greer Museum of Art; St. Gregory’s Abbey in Shawnee, Okla.; the Oklahoma City National Memorial; and the Myriad Botanical Gardens. There will also be a trolley tour of historic Guthrie, Okla.

Of particular interest are special exhibits at the Mabee-Greer Museum and the National Cowboy Museum.

"Etruscan Treasures: Unveiling Ancient Mystery" at the Mabee-Greer Museum brings together Etruscan gold jewelry and artifacts from the private collections of Italian Prince Fabrizio Alliata and the Georgian-Etruscan Museum at the Vatican. This is the first time many of the Vatican Museum’s pieces have been exhibited abroad and the first time the gold jewelry has ever been on display. Before the trip, Reinhild Janzen, associate professor of art history at Washburn University in Topeka, will give tour participants a lecture on Etruscan art history.

The Cowboy Museum will feature "Luis Ortega: The Art of Rawhide Braiding" and "Traditional Cowboy Arts."

Cost for the two-day trip is $209 for Kauffman Museum members and $224 for non-members. All fees, meals, admissions, gratuities, transportation and lodging are included in the cost of the trip. Overnight accommodations will be at Holiday Inn and Suites.

For more information, to receive a brochure or to register for the tour via phone using Visa or MasterCard, call Andi Schmidt Andres at Kauffman Museum, (316) 283-1612. You are encouraged to make tour reservations by Sept. 8, if possible.

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