Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Summer is finally here, and that means it’s time to pack your bags for the ultimate summer vacation. Sure, you can fill it with loads of swimming and sunning, but with the predicted heat for 2018 all across the country, it’s good to have a few places to go where you’ll no doubt appreciate the high-functioning air conditioning.
And while you’re inside cooling off, why not check out some art for your inspiration? Art museums are great for getting up close and personal with iconic classics as well as checking out new artists. They also help bring us inspiration in the things we want to create. If you have kids along with you, art museums help their creativity flourish too.
So without further ado, here are Diamond Tech Craft’s top picks for the 9 best art museums to visit this summer!
- Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) – New York City
This famed NYC art museum features a permanent collection that spans different departments like drawings, film, architecture, painting, sculpture, and photography. See works by Picasso, Van Gogh (including everyone’s favorite, The Starry Night), Matisse, Monet, and many more. There’s also a gorgeous sculpture garden to behold.
- The Art Institute of Chicago – Chicago
It would be impossible to see everything this stunning art museum contains, but it’s certainly worth a try. There are over 300,000 works of art and artifacts in this Chicago institution. Bits of buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, an enchanting Modern Wing, breathtaking views of Millennium Park and paintings from some of your favorite artists. Fans of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will surely recognize this museum from the movie!
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – Los Angeles
If you’re spending some time out in California this summer indulging in Rodeo Drive and watching the Hollywood starlets, take the opportunity to spend a few days perusing this iconic museum. The entrance installation is worth stopping in for all on its own, however you’ll love the amazingly eclectic array of art from around the world and centuries ago. From classic to contemporary, LACMA is a celebrated star itself!
- Philadelphia Museum of Art – Philadelphia
When you head to Philly to try an original cheesesteak (worth the trip alone!), don’t forget to see this museum. As one of the largest museums in America, it has over 200 galleries that span from the first century to modern times. Paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and much more can all be found here, plus it’s where you’ll find the best collection of American realist artist, Thomas Eakins’ works.
- The Cleveland Museum of Art – Cleveland
Going to Ohio for some roller coaster-related thrills? Take a break from the sun and excitement for some indoor fun at this museum that is just over 100 years old. It is famed for an amazing collection of Asian and Egyptian arts, as well as medieval pieces from Europe and America.
- The Museum of Fine Arts – Boston
Since 1870, this classic art museum hosts all things new and old with a dazzling collection of works that include Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, tons of Monet, and much more, to the tune of about 500,000 artful objects. Boston is a fantastic place for a family adventure to learn about the rich history of our country and where much of it began. When you explore here, don’t forget to see the artsy side of things at the Museum of Fine Arts.
- The Menil Collection – Houston
Texas is not all rodeos and BBQ! There’s art to be found here too. Case in point: The Menil Collection in Houston. Here, you’ll get to see pieces from Byzantine works to Surrealist items with galleries that include works from notables like Twombly and Warhol, to name a few.
- Smithsonian American Art Museum – Washington, D.C.
It was the first museum in the country devoted to American Art. The Smithsonian Museums are all purely fascinating, free, and you’ll never be able to see everything in each of them, particularly this art museum, in one trip. But you can have fun trying! While exploring our nation’s capital, this is one museum you don’t want to miss!
- M.H. de Young Museum – San Francisco
The building itself is a contradiction of sorts, but coming here is a must for those that want to experience a unique collection of objects, paintings, crafts, sculptures and more all hailing from places like Africa, the Americas, and Oceania from between the 17th and 20th centuries. You’ll even see King Tut’s treasures! But if you want a cool freebie to score during your stay, head up to the observation tower which requires no admission fee and allows you to see the Golden Gate Park with exquisite views from above, perhaps the most stunning work of art of all!
Have a safe, fun, and creative summer from your friends at Diamond Tech Crafts!