Developed in 1992 as a response to the needs of a rural student population with limited exposure to museum-quality arts and crafts, the VanGo! Museum on Wheels has since grown into a valuable resource for the Central Pennsylvania region. The program is intended to give students and community members an authentic art museum experience which reinforces existing curriculum and standards, while also encouraging deeper relationships with cultural objects. The current VanGo! Museum on Wheels is a 31-foot Winnebago Sightseer retrofitted with a gallery space. Visits include tours aboard the bus, group assemblies, and a group interactive. Exhibitions rotate on an annual basis.
The 2018 VanGo! Museum on Wheels, titled Behind the Scenes, is an exploration of the jobs and tools inside art museums. Through an engaging combination of interactive displays and original artworks by renowned artists, visitors will get first-hand as both curators and conservators.
Behind the Scenes is made possible with generous support from the Patricia L. Murray Fund, a fund of the Greater Harrisburg Foundation, a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.
The Susquehanna Art Museum charges host sites a fee for each visit. Pricing for on-site visits vary and are contingent upon the visitor’s location and the duration of the visit. The VanGo! can accommodate 12-15 visitors per tour group. We recommend that each tour group spends 10-15 minutes in the exhibition. The group interactive and group assembly portions are optional. For more information or to schedule the VanGo! experience at your school or organization, please contact Ross Tyger by email at rtyger@SusquehannaArtMuseum.org.