Being in New York City, we knew we had to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I mean, you have to — it’s part of the whole New York City experience! Plus, it’s a donation based fee to get in, so it can be a pretty cheap activity to do, and great for overly hot or rainy days. And since Matt had never been before and he LOVES museums, I knew we had to go.
I learned something about myself this trip (including our time in Italy). See, I always thought I liked museums. But as I started to get museum fatigue, I began to wonder…maybe I only like history museums? Most of the museums we were visiting on this trip had more of an art focus, and I was starting to find that my tolerance for hours of art isn’t as high as my tolerance for hours of history. I know they’re basically one and the same — art IS history — but there is some mental block for me. But then I realized something else — it wasn’t the art museums in general that I was losing interest in, it was specifically PAINTINGS. Matt loves the paintings sections and could spend hours there, and I would take a cursory glance around and be like, “I’m good, now let’s move on!”
It finally occurred to me that the place in the art museum where I feel the least bored is the sculpture halls. Maybe it’s something about how it’s more lifelike or 3-dimensional and I can feel the history more? Who knows. But there it is — I can complete the painting section in a few minutes, but I’ll go around and read every placard in the sculpture room. Hence why the majority of the following photos are sculptures and architectural!
(P.S. — does anyone else think this Van Gogh painting looks freakishly like Jesse Tyler Ferguson?!?)
After we felt we had explored the museum enough, we met our friends on the rooftop bar at the Met. The views were amazing! We totally intended to buy a drink, but after seeing that beers were approximately $15 we said no thanks, took some photos, and then went elsewhere in the city to find cheaper drinks. It kind of surprised me how many people were up there purchasing those pricey drinks, but hey, I guess that’s New York for you!
What is your favorite section in art museums? Or do you love or loath them altogether? Share with us in the comments below!