Museums are my favorite places in the world. They're free (usually), and the wanderer in me loves to walk around the halls and get lost in the history of every piece that's curated and on display. I've been to a lot of museums, but here's a list of my three favorite that really left a mark on me that I hope I get the chance to go back to soon.
The British Museum - London, England
This was my first stop when I went overseas this summer and it had been on my list of museums to visit for a while. The British Museum is known as one of the best museums in the world, and that's not a lie. I spent a little over 2 hours just browsing their Egyptian and Ancient Greece and Rome exhibits and fell in love with the pieces of art that I saw from the ancient cultures.
There's a lot of controversy surrounding the artifacts in the British Museum, because there's claims that the artifacts were stolen and never returned to their home countries.. I believe it, but do you really think Great Britain will return the artifacts? Probably not, however maybe in the future things will change.
Museum of Sex - Amsterdam, Netherlands
I paid 4 Euros on a rainy day in Amsterdam to see a stone dick, essentially.
But really, the sex museum was really cool. It was 3 floors of dick, vagina, boobs and ass, all throughout the centuries, and housed a steep spiral staircase that I liked. I saw a lot of things that made me uncomfortable in a variety of mediums: video, sculpture, photo and much more, but it was fascinating to see how past generations viewed sex and how freaky our ancestors were.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - Richmond, Virginia
I'm an Art Hoe™ and the VMFA is my favorite place to go when I'm around Richmond. First, it's beautiful architecturally, and second, there's so much art that I usually can't fit everything I want to see in one visit. I love look at the different exhibits they have every month, and while I will never forgive myself for missing the Picasso exhibit in 2011, I'm looking forward to their Kehinde Wiley exhibit in June. Every time I go there I always find new works of art that I fall in love with, and I enjoy basking in the creativity of artists from past, current and future generation. In addition, they have a fun happy hour on the weekends and a beautiful grassy area to hang out in. I like chill and write in my journal on warm evenings in the summer; it's a good place to find inner peace with myself.
This is just a short list of my favorite museums, and I could list many more, but I want to hear from you. What are some of your favorite museums you've visited and what do you like about them?