Plan a romantic weekend getaway to a city near you or fly across the country to visit one of these beautiful art museums where you can stroll through exhibits and admire the genius of human creativity. Our list includes world-famous institutions like The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, new museums like PAMM in Miami, as well as smaller museums which house unique art collections that inspire and delight their visitors. Combine a trip to a museum with dining at great restaurants, shopping and relaxing at day spas on your weekend trip.
We recommend that you call the attractions and restaurants ahead of your visit to confirm current opening times.
1. Washington D.C. – The National Gallery of Art
2. New York City – The Metropolitan Museum of Art
3. Miami - Perez Art Museum Miami
4. Raleigh - North Carolina Museum of Art
5. Santa Fe – Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
6. Maine – Colby College Museum of Art
7. Philadelphia - The Philadelphia Museum of Art
8. Arkansas - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
9.Art museums near me: Seattle - Frye Art Museum
10.Michigan - Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
11. Best Art Museums Near Me: Houston – The Museum of Fine Arts
12.Art exhibits near me: Boston - The Museum of Fine Arts
13. Best Art Museums: Chicago - The Art Institute of Chicago
14.Art museums near me: Virginia – Chrysler Museum of Art
15. Los Angeles County Museum of Art
16.Providence - The Rhode Island School of Design Museum
17.Art Museums Near Me: San Diego - Mingei International Museum
18.Art Museums Near Me: El Segundo Museum of Art
19. Art Museums Near Me: San Francisco - de Young Museum
20. Best Art Museums Near Me: Atlanta - Michael C. Carlos Museum
20 Best Art Museums to Visit on Your Romantic Weekend Getaway
- Washington D.C. – The National Gallery of Art, Photo: The National Gallery of Art
- New York City – The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Miami - Perez Art Museum Miami, Photo: Perez Art Museum Miami
- Raleigh - North Carolina Museum of Art, Photo: North Carolina Museum of Art
- Santa Fe – Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Photo: Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
- Maine – Colby College Museum of Art, Photo: Colby College Museum of Art
- Philadelphia - The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Photo: The Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Arkansas - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Photo: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
- Art museums near me: Seattle - Frye Art Museum, Photo: Frye Art Museum
- Michigan - Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Photo: Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
- Best Art Museums Near Me: Houston – The Museum of Fine Arts, Photo: The Museum of Fine Arts
- Art exhibits near me: Boston - The Museum of Fine Arts, Photo: The Museum of Fine Arts
- Best Art Museums: Chicago - The Art Institute of Chicago, Photo: The Art Institute of Chicago
- Art museums near me: Virginia – Chrysler Museum of Art, Photo: Chrysler Museum of Art
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Photo: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
- Providence - The Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Photo: The Rhode Island School of Design Museum
- Art Museums Near Me: San Diego - Mingei International Museum, Photo: Mingei International Museum
- Art Museums Near Me: El Segundo Museum of Art, Photo: El Segundo Museum of Art
- Art Museums Near Me: San Francisco - de Young Museum, Photo: de Young Museum
- Best Art Museums Near Me: Atlanta - Michael C. Carlos Museum, Photo: Michael C. Carlos Museum
- Cover Photo: ManuelHurtado/stock.adobe.com
Attraction Spotlight: Brooklyn Museum
The Brooklyn Museum is located in Brooklyn and is one of the largest museums in New York City. You can explore the 1.5 million pieces of art at the Brooklyn Museum Wednesday through Sunday. The Brooklyn Museum has been one of the most creative, innovative, and exciting museums since it opened in 1897. The Brooklyn Museum’s art collection ranges from ancient relics, to period rooms and modern art. The museum’s mission is to provide visitors with a comprehensive art collection that integrates artistic heritage, history, culture, and modern day.
The Brooklyn Museum is home to approximately 1.5 million pieces of art that remains as permanent attractions. If you don’t have the chance to visit the Brooklyn Museum, you can always view the highlighted pieces of art on the collection tab of the museum’s website. Check out a few of the eleven permanent exhibits at the Brooklyn Museum.
American Art is home to some of the finest and oldest pieces of American art in the whole world. Highlighted pieces of art in this attraction are; the iconic George Washington portrait by Gilbert Stuart and Charles Wilson Peale, Meadow Flowers by John H. Twachtman, and Winter by William Rush.
Arts of Africa collection was founded in 1900. The Arts of Africa exhibit has over five thousand pieces of art. Thus, the Brooklyn Museum holds the title of having the most abundant African art collections that is located within a museum that is American art concentrated.
Asian Art has pieces of art from all corners of Asia. This collection is so abundant that it is known as one of the largest Asian art collections in America. While this attraction showcases art from Korea, China, India, and other places in Asia, it has the largest concentration in Japanese art.
Contemporary Art showcases breathtakingly beautiful pieces of art that range from 1945 to present day. The Brooklyn Museum’s collection of contemporary art has a featured theme of connecting art to what modern day life is like. This exhibit has mainly pieces of Western art that is spread among paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other art forms.
European Art is one of the largest attractions in the Brooklyn Museum. This collection has over 6,600 pieces of art that perfectly captures the historical and cultural significance of art throughout Europe’s history. Some of the highlighted pieces of art include The Life of Jesus Christ by James Tissot, Minotauromachia by Pablo Picasso.
Like most renowned museums, the Brooklyn Museum regularly houses traveling art collections. These special attractions include short-term and long-term collections. Currently, the Brooklyn Museum is housing more approximately 20 special attractions. In order to view the most comprehensive and updated list of the Brooklyn Museum’s special attractions, check the museum’s website.
Beverly Buchanan- Ruins and Rituals examines the relationship geography has with every aspect of our lives. The late Beverly Buchanan was known for combining political and social ideals and opinions into her abstract art. With just around 200 pieces of art, this collection is the largest Buchanan exhibit in the world. Ruins and Rituals can be viewed until March 5, 2017.
Like most museums, the Brooklyn Museum holds the opportunity for education on a pedestal. The founders of the Brooklyn Museum believed that art and art education should be accessible to everyone. Thus, it makes perfect sense why the museum has educational opportunities for people of all ages.
Most of the Brooklyn Museum’s educational programs for younger children involve family participation. Thus, children get to explore the wonderful world of art with their loved ones. Some of the programs for younger kids include; Meet the Museum, Family Art Magic, and Creativity Lab. Teens have the opportunity of participating in similar programs like the ones that are available for younger children. Teens can also participate in museum internships, in which they will get an in-depth and behind-the-scenes experience of the museum, and have the chance to fully immerse themselves in art.
The Brooklyn Museum also has special programs for visitors with special needs. Thus, everyone has access to an abundant amount of knowledge at the Brooklyn Museum.
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200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238, Phone: 718-638-5000
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Attraction Spotlight: Whistler House Museum of Art
The Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, MA is the birthplace of renowned American artist James McNeil Whistler and works to preserve the works and history of the houses original residents who were innovators of the American Industrial Revolution.
The history of the Whistler house and those who has resided there may be its greatest legacy. Built in 1823, the home incorporates Federal and Greek Revival style architecture with an L shaped floor plan, 14 rooms and 10 fireplaces.
The first person to reside in the home was Paul Moody from 1823-1831. Moody invented the power loom which revolutionized the textile manufacturing industry. He was a master mechanic and also invented a sophisticated leather belt and pulley system which became the standard in mills throughout the country.
Major George Washington Whistler, one of the most famous engineers in the 1800’s, a graduate of U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and known for his work on the canals and aqueducts, as well as his work on locomotives in Lowell, was the next resident in The Whistler House. He and his wife Anna, with their son, James. Lived in the home from 1834-1837. James Abbott McNeil Whistler also attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point before leaving the army to devote himself to art. He has since become known as one of the great American modernist painters and the finest etcher since Rembrandt.
Other notable figures that have lived in the Whistler House include George Brownell who was the author of Journal on a Voyage to England which he wrote while living in the home in 1839. James Bicheno Francis was another Engineer who lived in the home who was involved in the design of locomotives. He was hailed as the father of modern hydraulic engineering and became chief engineer of the company that operated Lowell’s waterpower system.
The Lowell Art Association was established in 1908 with The Whistler House Museum of Art as its official home. The Lowell Art Association owns The Whistler House and operates it as a museum and historic site, maintaining a permanent collection and fine arts exhibitions in Parker Gallery which is adjacent to the home.
The permanent collection at The Whistler House Museum of Art include the works that are kept in the Whistler House. These collections are divided into four areas of the home—Second Floor, Third Floor, Main Gallery, and The Francis Room. The focus on these works is late 19th century to early 20th century American Representational art from New England. The third floor of the Whistler House is also where the artist in Residency program studio lofts are located. Some represented artists include:
· James Abbot McNeil Whistler
· Frank Weston Benson
· Thomas B. Lawson
· William Morris Hunt
· Aldro Thompson Hibbard
· Arshile Gorky
· John Singer Sargent
· Cullen Yates
· David D. Neal
The Whistler House Museum of Art hosts special exhibits in the Parker Gallery which is adjacent from the Whistler House. These exhibits are on a rotating basis and can change seasonally or based on themes. An artist reception is held before each exhibition, typically on a Saturday afternoon following the opening of the exhibit.
Each Fall there is a Juried Members Exhibition. Members of the Lowell Art Association will present a range of works in many subjects and mediums that will be judged. There are calls for entries for local exhibitions that can be found on the Whistler House website.
Both the Whistler House and Parker Gallery can be rented for private functions such as weddings, receptions, corporate functions, and fundraising events. There are inside and outside courtyard spaces, as well as Whistler Park that are available to be rented through the WHMA office. Pricing and detailed information is available on the Whistler House website.
243 Worthen Street, Lowell, Massachusettes 01852, Phone: 978-452-7641
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