8 Tips for Visiting Museums
By Ana Torres |
Follow our advice and make the best out of your visits to museums. Are you ready?
HOW TO ENJOY MUSEUMS
Vincent Van Gogh used to say that he’d rather die of passion than of boredom, and nowadays it’s evident that art is one of the best ways to enjoy life, especially when we incorporate it to our travel plans. Leaving the hotel to visit cultural landmarks in new destinations is one of DINKtravelers’ favorite activities.
If you want to enjoy destinations that have incredible museums, here are our top 3 choices:
- Mexico City is known as the city with the greatest number of museums in the world. From the famous Fine Arts Palace or the Museum of Anthropology and History, to the Blue House, former home of painter Frida Kahlo, this Latin metropolis covers every possible epoch with an interesting cultural touristic offer.
- The city of Athens is perfect if you’re a fan of Greek culture. There you can visit monuments like the Parthenon but also see the world’s biggest collection of Ancient Greek objects at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. If you like automobiles, we recommend visiting the Hellenic Motor Museum, and if you prefer the beauty of decorative art, go to the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum.
- Madrid is the perfect city for long walks in open spaces like the Plaza de España (Spain Square). In this destination you can visit the Prado Museum, where you’ll marvel at masterpieces by Velázquez, Goya and El Bosco. Then, at the Thyssen-Bornemisza you’ll find the most valuable private collections in the world, and at the Reina Sofia Museum you’ll find works of art from the 20th century vanguards including the best works by Pablo Picasso.
In order to enjoy any museum visit the most, we offer you these tips:
PLAN A VISIT TO YOUR FAVORITE MUSEUMS
- Planning is fundamental in order to avoid long lines at the ticket office, so once you choose an exhibit, check out its website and, if possible, take a virtual tour and make sure that you are really interested in it. This will also give you an idea of how much time you’ll need to dedicate to visiting it.
- Once you’re 100% sure, buy your tickets online, and make sure you get the confirmation of your purchase in your inbox.
- Avoid taking big bulks and ostentatious cameras because in most temporary exhibits photography is not allowed. If it is, then they’ll ask you to use basic equipment and to avoid flash photography. If you want to get a better picture, increase your camera’s ISO levels or select the “Museum” mode. This will double the amount of light the camera captures at the moment of shooting the photo.
- Leave your belongings in the cloakroom so you can walk with ease, but take your ID, some cash and credit cards with you.
- If you want to learn more about the exhibit, ask if you can pay for a guided tour. Another option is to pay for the audio guide. This will allow you to walk around crowds who try to read the information cards while enjoying a detailed explanation of each work of art in your own language and at your own pace.
AFTER VISITING THE MUSEUM
- Before leaving, go to the souvenir store and don’t hesitate to buy one. Apart from finding unique memorabilia, your purchase will help preserve the museum’s collection.
- If you enjoyed the exhibit, your next stop is the bookstore. Ask for the catalogue and buy it. These are usually top-quality books that weigh a lot, so your best option is to ask them to ship it to your home.
- Lastly, ask if the museum has a restaurant in its facilities. Surely, after such a long walk your body will thank you for spoiling it with a gourmet recipe.