Five excellent and practical tips on visiting a museum from Jennie Kim, an art historian.
TIP #1: Take advantage of extended hours.
Museums tend to be less crowded during the time they offer extended hours since most people (including tourists) may not know about it.
TIP #2: Look at the fine print.
Look carefully at the fine print regarding museum admissions. For example, The Met's admission is suggested and therefore, is pay what you wish.
TIP #3: Use side or back entrance to avoid long lines.
Avoid the crowds and the long lines at the main entrance by looking for side or back entrances which usually have shorter lines. (I've used this tip at the Louvre in Paris with great success.)
TIP #4: Do more with your museum admission.
In addition to the docent tours, museums often have lectures and symposiums given by scholars and specialists, which you have access to with your museum admissions. Ask the information desk to see what's available to you that day.
TIP #5: Start at the end.
When walking to a crowded special exhibition, especially for those with timed tickets, work backwards and start at the end. You'll be able to avoid the bottleneck that usually forms at the first few galleries.
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