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1. Plan Ahead!
Planning ahead of time for a museum visit is far more important than you might think. To maximize your experience of exploring art, follow the tips below to plan the best possible museum visit.
- If you want to avoid waiting in long lines, it is a good idea to purchase tickets online ahead of visiting a museum. Most museums offer this service, making it easy for you to buy tickets from their website and from the comfort of your home.
- Most museums have free of charge or discount days that are budget-friendly. These days are often on weekdays or in the evening, so they might not be accessible to everyone. However, if you check ahead of time, you might be able to plan your visit accordingly.
- The free or discount days usually attract a lot of visitors. So if you want to explore art in a more quiet atmosphere, visiting a museum on the weekend might be your best (although more expensive) option.
- Finally, make sure to thoroughly check the museum’s website to find out about ticket prices on different days, special exhibits that are on display, and even parking availability options.
2. When at the Museum
So you purchased your ticket and now you’re at the museum, what can you do to make your experience of visual art as perfect as possible?
- While you might be tempted to use your phone to take photos or look for background information about an artist or works of art, it is a good idea to keep your phone in your pocket/bag and put it on silent. If you’re an art lover, you want to make sure that you’re not distracted and that nothing takes away from your museum experience. Instead, you can consider taking a small notebook with you to write down the questions that come to mind while discovering new art. You can also ask the museum’s employees questions to get professional insight instead of searching for information on your phone.
- Consider getting some kind of professional guidance instead of just wandering around the museum by yourself and looking at paintings without having the necessary context. While you will probably get a sense of the meaning of an exhibit or a painting on your own, professional guidance can be really helpful to delve deep into the narrative of a work of art. Museums offer different kinds of guided tours, some might be personally guided or they can be audio guides. Either option can really enhance your museum experience.
3. After Your Visit
Here are some extra tips to ensure that your museum experience continues beyond your visit.
Once you get home, you can start doing some research about all the questions you wrote down in your notebook. You can also find other art lovers and have a discussion with them about the different visual arts you encountered at the museum. Finally, make sure to find other activities that you enjoy to intentionally extend your museum experience and get prepared for your next visit!