Each and every time I travel to a new place, I find myself checking out the museums in the area. My favorite are art museums but I also like well-done museums of culture and…well, stuff. Living in the DC area we are spoiled for amazing museums. No one does museums like the Smithsonian. The Natural History museum is a well done maze of things that you never considered fascinating, but turn out to be exactly that – for instance they currently have a whole new exhibit on the Narwhal and its, of course, fascinating. So, for this post I thought would highlight the absolutely best museums I’ve ever been to – some are well known, others not so much.

My very favorites in the DC are, in order: Smithsonian’s Natural History, the National Gallery of Art, Air & Spalce & Udvar-Hazy annex, as well as the amazing Portrait Gallery. Elsewhere in the US, I really enjoyed the newish Texas History Museum right in the heart of Austin (we’ll be doing an Austin, TX post soon!), the Georgia O’Keefe museum in Santa Fe is a nice, small museum that fits in with a city like no other museum can, the underrated Kimball Art Museum in Ft. Worth as well as the Philbrook in Tulsa… and, one of the best in the world, the Guggenheim in NYC. In Europe other than the famous Louvre/British Museum/Prado/Uffizi, my favorites are Monet paintings in the Musee de l’Orangerie in Paris, the unbelievable spectacular Borghese Gallery in Rome, the tiny but nice Mucha museum in Prague, and the Viking Ship and the Louisiana museums – both outside of Copenhagen, Denmark.

So, wherever you are in the world, take a day or two and visit your local museums – especially during an off-season time – and, wherever you go in the world, spend some time visiting the local art as well as culture museums. You’ll have a relaxing afternoon or morning and see the world from a new perspective. Enjoy!

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