• Art Museums to Vist:

    seurat   picasso   girl in field

    Washington DC:

     National Gallery of Art ( East Wing, West Wing , and Sculpture Garden)- https://www.nga.gov/

    National Postal Museum- https://postalmuseum.si.edu/

    National Museum of African Art- https://africa.si.edu/

    Freer/ Sackler Gallery- https://www.freersackler.si.edu/

    Hirshhorn Museum- https://hirshhorn.si.edu/

    Smithsonian American Art Museum- https://americanart.si.edu/visit/saam

    National Portrait Gallery- https://npg.si.edu/home/national-portrait-gallery

    Renwick Gallery- https://americanart.si.edu/visit/renwick

    United States Botanic Gardens- https://www.usbg.gov/

    National Museum for Women in the Arts- https://nmwa.org/  (fee for admission)

    National Building Museum- https://www.nbm.org/ (fee for admission)

    The Phillips Collections- https://www.phillipscollection.org/ (fee for admission)



    Fairfax- Workhouse Art Center- http://www.workhousearts.org/

    Winchester- Shenandoah Art Museum- https://www.themsv.org/ (fee for admission)

    Richmond- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts- https://www.vmfa.museum/

    Richmond- Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens- https://www.lewisginter.org/ (fee for admission)

     Alexandria- Torpedo Factory Arts Center- http://torpedofactory.org/



    Hyattsville- Pyramid Atlantic Art Center- https://www.pyramidatlanticartcenter.org/

    Frederick- Delaplaine Art Center- https://delaplaine.org/

    Frederick- Frederick Book Arts Center- https://www.frederickbookarts.org/



     Easton- Crayola Experience- https://www.crayolaexperience.com/ (fee for admission)

    Columbia- National Watch and Clock Museum-  https://nawcc.org/index.php/museum  (fee for admission)



    Tips for Visiting an Art Museum or Any Museum:

    -Research Museum and its current exhibits , additional fees, and photography rules

    -Plan where you are going to park in advance or plan how you are getting there and back 

    -Plan what you are going to do for nourishment and dining

    -Dress Comfortably and Wear good walking shoes

    -A lot of Museum make you check backpacks- but some allow satchels or sling shoulder backpacks (thats what I use)

    -Pack a blank pad of paper and pencils to record thoughts, write down info, and make sketches (museums oftern do not permit pens because of the ink)

    -Only Water is allowed in most museums 

    -Be kind to the Museum Guards and respect all art and artifacts spacial boundaries

    -Be courteaous and respectful

    -Plan to be there for several hours

    -Its okay to skip certain exhibits to focus on others and its also okay to spend a little time at each exhibit to drink in the musuem experience- its up to you :)

    -A study was done that stated on average most people only look at a work of art for 7 seconds- please spend more than 7 seconds looking at pieces that speak to you - spend several minutes discovering all the secrets the work(s) offer- the artist put them there for a resaon: Think about the time of day the work depicts?, What is the artist trying to say?, Did they use warm or cool colors? , What do you think was happening in the scene depicted before and after?

    -Maybe do a Scavenger Hunt looking for certain things like a: shoe, balloon, rabbit, crown, spray can, etc. 

    -Postcards are a cheap and fun way to collect copies of your favorite artworks and exhibits

    -Remember this is meant to be an experience for all- Enjoy your time there and relish the adventure


    Have an ARTASTIC TIME!!!!!!