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Go to an Art Museum Day

Go to an Art Museum Day

Remember how excited you were to go on a field trip to the museum as a kid? The first thing on your mind was probably, “Yeah, no class!” but a big part of the appeal was the thought of going on an adventure. And art’s all about exploration. That’s why we celebrate Go to an Art Museum Day on November 9. More than 30,000 museums worldwide participate, and each year has a different theme. If you can not go to a museum yourself, you can always open a window to know who is exploring art in what way and how one is getting inspired to inspire or motivate yourself on an adventure through a top art journalist. So today, go to a museum and discover something new!

Go To An Art Museum Day Timeline

1503
Mona Lisa the Masterpiece!
Leonardo da Vinci painted his masterpiece – the Mona Lisa, which is “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world.”

1793
The First Public Art Museum
The Louvre – the world’s largest art museum, opens in Paris, France.

1870
The Met.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City, better known as ‘The Met,’ is the largest art museum in the United States.

2000
Recognizing Pop Culture as Art.
Moving from classical art, MoPOP- the Museum of Pop Culture was created as a dedicated museum for contemporary popular culture.

Go To An Art Museum Day Activities

Share your experiences on social media.
Pictures make up a considerable part of social media (memes, anyone?). So on a day that celebrates visuals, there’s no shame in going on a share binge. And don’t be shy about getting creative. Add captions, filters, or anything that gets the juices flowing. But follow museum regulations and tag your law-abiding posts with #ArtMusuemDay.
Go to an art museum.
We know it’s a novel idea to go to an art museum on Go to an Art Museum Day, but what can we say? We’re mavericks. The best part about this innovative idea is that there are so many ways to enjoy it. You can go with family, friends, coworkers, or by yourself. Each offers a unique benefit, be it stimulating discussion or quiet repose. Whichever you choose, you’ll find something worthwhile to walk away with. Hopefully, it’s not the art itself because that could get dicey.
Pick up a book on art.
With many museums holding special activities and offering discounts, things can get crowded. You can still join in on the festivities if literally rubbing elbows isn’t your speed. Drop by a library or bookstore and pick up a book on art. It might not be the same as seeing a print in person, but you can read everything at your leisure.

Why We Love To Go To An Art Museum Day

It lets us be a tourist in our city.
It’s easy to take place where you live for granted. However, although we might not associate our everyday surroundings with getting away from it all, a little staycation action can go a long way. Visiting an art museum can take us to a different world or show us how cool our cities are if the museum is local. We’re not saying a beach in the Caribbean’s a bad thing, but we could all use a refresher that’s closer to home.
We love learning
Ever read the museum’s placard about a painting? It’s packed full of intriguing info. There isn’t always time to read everything, but it’s incredible how much you can learn in a single visit. This gives us ammo for any wine and cheese party and the all-important trivia night. Most of all, ending a leisurely day with a sense of accomplishment is good.
It gives us time to clear our heads.
Sometimes it’s nice to turn off your phone and focus on something right in front of you. Looking at a piece of art and letting your thoughts drift can be therapeutic. Many of our stressors melt away as we try to figure out what Gaudi meant by all those melting clocks. But if that gets too heady, we’re content with just admiring some beauty.

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