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art, architecture, and history 


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2014: walking tours by arrangement, please call and we will make arrangements to meet you, 617.959.1365 (no text)
                                                                     ****  tours all year round ****
                                     catch us if you see us standing in Lopes Square, and ask about our tours

ptown tours

provincetown walking tours ... and not just in provincetown!

art, architecture, and history

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ptown tours

• join us for an entertaining and educational tour of ptowns architecture, art scene, and history

• see provincetown in a whole new light
• choose from one of our four tours listed below...



TOUR 1: heart of ptown

• our classic tour, about the history, art, and architecture, in a fun and informative format
           Pilgrims, Floater Houses, Quiet Gardens and Alleyways, Forum 49 and Abstract Expressionism,
           Edward Hopper Views, Walter Chrysler, Vikings, Christopher Wren Inspired Tower, and more

• 1 hour 45 minutes (the tour ends near the start, and the tour is best if timed to the library hours)
           NOTE COST: 
$10 per person, 2 people minimum (or $20 for a one person tour)

• meeting place: at the anchor in Lopes Square, at the foot of MacMillan Wharf and Commercial Street


TOUR 2: east end of ptown     NEW   


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beyond the classic tour, this tour focuses on ptown's artistic, architectural, political, and literary past 
           Eugene O'Neill, Norman Mailer, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Roy Cohn, John Reed,
          John Waters, Divine, Mark Rothko, "Guys and Dolls", Abbie Putnam, Donald MacMillan, and more

• 2 hours (the tour does not return to the start, and requires a walk back to town afterwards)
           NOTE COST: $20 per person, 2 people minimum (or $40 for a one person tour)

• meeting place: the front steps of the library, 356 Commercial Street
          * it is recommended that you take the heart of ptown tour first, for background information


TOUR 3:
 west end of ptown    NEW   

• beyond the classic tour, this tour focuses on ptown's artistic, architectural, political, and literary past
          Hans Hoffman, Senator Gerry Studds, the Oldest House in Ptown, Octagon Houses, Jack Kerouac,
          Alice Brock's Gallery, (think Alice's Restaurant), Walter Gropius, Pilgrim Landing Location, and more

• 2 hours (the tour does not return to the start, and requires a walk/taxi back to town afterwards)

           NOTE COST: $20 per person, 2 people minimum (or $40 for a one person tour)
• meeting place: the front steps of Town Hall, 260 Commercial Street

          * it is recommended that you take the heart of ptown tour first, for background information


TOUR 4:
 dark side of ptown    NEW   

• exploring the town cemeteries and back alleys at night (NOTE: this tour is run at night only)
          Tales of Sea Monsters, the Black Flash, and a Serial Killer, Tragedies in Eugene O'Neill's Family,
          Our "Bates Mansion" and the Eccentric Benjamin Lancy, Cemetery Stroll, Hollow Graves, and more

• 1hour 15 minutes (bring a flashlight and wear good sturdy shoes, for walking in graveyards)
           NOTE COST: $15 per person, 2 people minimum (or $30 for a one person tour)
• meeting place: the front steps of Town Hall, 260 Commercial Street

 

ADDITIONAL TOURS: other locations

• we are happy to combine any of the above tours for a more in depth tour of the town
• tours can always be tailored to your interests... please inquire!
• specialty tours of Boston, Cambridge, and other locations.... please ask!

• please contact us for your personalized tour needs, both nationally and internationally!


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TOUR INFORMATION AS LISTED BELOW for PROVINCETOWN TOURS ONLY

time:

time weekend tours by arrangement only, at any time of day.  please call and we will be happy to meet you at an agreed upon time.  we offer tours all year round (except as noted in banner above). 



contact:

please call 617.959.1365 for arrangements.  
we do not have text capacity... apologies for the inconvenience.
however, alternatively, please email rca@ptowntours.com

tours can also be arranged via the form on the "contact us" tab at the top of the page.



cost:

Tour 1: $10 adults, 2 people minimum (or $20 for a one person tour)
Tour 2: $20 adults, 2 people minimum (or $40 for a one person tour)
Tour 3$20 adults, 2 people minimum (or $40 for a one person tour)
Tour 4
: $15 adults, 2 people minimum (or $30 for a one person tour)


NOTE: 
tour times and costs vary, per type of tour, so please see the list of tours above for tour duration times.
also allow for additional time, if the start is from a different location. 



tour guide:

look for Rob (and on occasion Jim) with our brochure and an orange tote bag (for ptown tours)



about:

Founded by Rob Anderson and Jim Vogel.  Rob is a professor of art and architectural history, and has been leading guided tours domestically and internationally, since 1990.  Jim is an architect with a local, nationally recognized, firm.


Rob's entertaining and informative tours for Boston By Foot, and for his courses, are famously known throughout the world.  You'll see Provincetown in a brand new way!  To view Rob's full biography or to purchase his artwork, please visit: robertcurtisanderson.com


on our various tours you will discover:

• quiet gardens + alleyways off Commercial St.

• Vikings (I'm a little biased, being Norwegian)

• what was really frozen in the ice houses

• ships in libraries and floating houses

• home and artwork of Ross Moffett

• Chrysler's connection to Ptown (yes, that one)

• missing floors

• location of Fort Useless and Fort Ridiculous

• where Eartha Kitt and Billie Holiday have sung

• what Forum 49 meant to the art world

• the difference between a full and a half cape

• a stop on the underground railroad

• which native first went to the North Pole

• where Eugene O'Neill was arrested as a spy

• Edward Hopper views

• Egyptian revival details on Greek revival architecture

• a Christopher Wren inspired tower

• Pilgrims
• a taste of Sienese architecture
• Roy Cohn
• the Black Flash
• a Sears Craftsman home
• white line prints of Blanch Lazzell
• Hans Hoffman and the abstract expressionists
• all about Norman Mailer's tenant Roy Cohn
• Divine Trash and Mink Stole
• Alice's Restaurant... I mean Gallery

• ask us about which tour to take to hear about these stories, and much more!

for tour requests, please call: 617.959.1365  
or email us at:
rca@ptowntours.com
or via the tab above, under:
 contact us 

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ptown tours and provincetown tours: art, architecture, and history


office location:

available upon request


office and cell telephone:

617.959.1365 (a Boston phone exchange, but we are local)


listings and reviews:


as listed on the Provincetown Tourism Office site: 


"For a fun, interesting, and "on-the-go" lesson of Provincetown's art, architecture, and history, you can choose to take one of the Provincetown Walking Tours. The tours run [every day], and the meeting place is the large anchor at Lopes Square, at the foot of the MacMillan Wharf."                                          ----Provincetown Tourism Office


4.0 of 5 stars

"Just took the Classic tour with Rob on a sunny, fall day.  It's a really good deal.  Rob had entertaining and deep,and expending knowledge of the town history and culture.  It is evident he's been in the area for a while.  Something for everyone in Ptown;s past because there are so many interesting themes/events. stories in its history.  I live in NE and grew up on CC and still found I learned more than a few things."   ----Trip Advisor, October 2013


5.0 star rating




"
Did a tour with Rob today and he was absolutely fantastic!  He was incredibly knowledgable and very interesting.  We had a wonderful day in Provincetown and would recommend this tour to anyone looking to learn more about it's history and culture.  We had a lot of fun!" ---- Yelp, June 2014





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