Today is International Museum Day. Art museums around the world may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but thinking back on my past art museum experiences reminds me how much these institutions matter.
We’ve all seen images of the Mona Lisa and Monet’s Water Lilies, but there is nothing quite like seeing a masterpiece in person. I remember a trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts that shaped the way I look at art.
Seeing paintings by artists ranging from Van Gogh to Rembrandt to Kahlo and Rivera was awe-inspiring. As I looked at brushstrokes created lifetimes ago, the lasting nature of art and human creativity impressed me deeply.
Art has such an amazing ability to connect us across time and space. Nowhere has that been more clear to me than in the art museums I have visited.
How to “Visit” an Art Museum Today
While some art museums have started the process of reopening (see CNN’s list here), visiting an art museum isn’t an option for most of us today. Check out my recent post with links to some virtual art museum experiences. Also consider enjoying a belated International Museum Day by visiting your favorite art museum when it opens back up!
What Are Your Favorite Art Museums?
Share your favorite museums and art museum experiences in the comments!