Danielle Oteri

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Museums are dynamic places that have become the cultural hubs of cities around the world. Beyond their collections, museums are a place to hear live music, eat great food and learn in interactive workshops. I believe that you haven't truly seen New York if you haven't seen the Metropolitan Museum of Art. London is a pricey travel destination, but all the best museums have free admission. And no one could ever joke again that Los Angeles lacks culture after they've seen the treasures at The Getty.

I've worked for and with many of the best museums in the United States and I know what goes on behind-the-scenes. Trust me, everyone who works for a museum loves their collection and works every day so that you will love it as well. Story by story, I'll show you how to best integrate museums into your travel plans.

Experience

I began my museum career when I was 19 at the information desk at the Museum of Modern Art. I answered thousands of questions so I know exactly what you're worried about when you first enter a museum. Since then I've worked as a communications consultant for several major museums and at The Met Cloisters. Now I'm a private museum guide in New York and curate small group food, wine and art tours in Southern Italy with my company Feast On History. I also lead an Arthur Avenue Italian food tour which integrates food and history.

Education

I earned a BFA in graphic design from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. After working as a web designer in Silicon Alley, I lost my job when the web bubble burst. With my very new career stalled, I decided to take a risk and move to Florence, Italy for a year to study art history. Later I finished my MA at Hunter College where I specialized in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance in Naples. I have given hundreds of lectures at museums including The Met Cloisters, the Morgan Library & Museum and The Frick and taught a survey of western art history at Seton Hall University.

Danielle Oteri

Even though I am an art historian and I love to visit museums when I travel, I have also felt intimidated by museums. I'll show you how to visit a museum in a way that is meaningful and inspiring. 

Contact me at danielle@feastonhistory.com

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