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Entries in museum (17)


Paris // Louvre, Day and Night

My hotel was on Avenue de l'Opéra, which is right in between the Louvre museum and the Opera House. A very convenient place to stay, since I could walk to most places, and not have to rely on the metro. To the get to the Left Bank, I would walk by the Louvre so I was walking by the museum on most days. Here are some snapshots of the museum taken throughout the trip.

I initially wanted to take a tour, but it didn't work out with my schedule, so I'll need to work it in on my next trip. 

Pigeons, lounging.

After dinner one night at Fish la Boissonnerie, in Saint-Germain, I walked by, and loved the way the museum was lit up at night.

It's nice and peaceful at night, and there were enough tourists (I'm assuming they were all tourists) there, so it felt completely safe.

Love this last shot. Many are not fans of I.M.Pei's glass pyramid, but I'm a huge fan of the architect and his work, including this one.


Brooklyn Museum

I did it. I went to Brooklyn. More specifically, the Brooklyn Museum.

It took me forever to get out there, so I missed the guided public tour. Will have to make another trip out there for that.

After my long journey out to Brooklyn, I was starving, so my friend and I headed straight to the cafe. The food? Um, no. I'll wait to come back in the fall when Saul Restaurant opens inside the museum.

Now onto the art. 

The museum is HUGE, so here are just a few highlights.

Love the aubergine walls in this room of European paintings on the third floor. Some of the exhibition rooms had wonderful brightly colored walls.

Onto the fourth floor where there's a long-term exhibition of Period Rooms. It's set up so they're not just random rooms, but like real houses where you can wander around inside. That was pretty well laid out.

Peeping inside a dining room. 

A note to the Brooklyn Museum: Please replace the protective glass in this exhibition so that they're not so super reflective. It was hard to get a good look inside the rooms since the glare hindered the experience.

On the fifth floor is the Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui exhibition which is on display until August 4th. Thirty sculptures, using found materials, span several gallery rooms.

A close-up of the bottle caps and metal pieces that make up the sculpture.

I had no idea the Brooklyn Museum was as big as it is. Look for a post in the fall for my return visit...which will include better food!

INFO: Brooklyn Museum | 200 Eastern Parkway | Brooklyn, New York 11238 | 718.638.5000
ADMISSION: $12, Suggested  


New York Transit Museum

What could be a more perfect place to house the New York Transit Museum than an actual (albeit, inactive) subway station? I met up with Cindy at the Shake Shack nearby at Borough Hall to fuel up on burgers (and my favorite root beer on tap!) before heading off to the museum. 

The entrance! Walk down the stairs of this subway station to get to the museum.

Downstairs, pay your admission at the toll booth.

I was hoping for a museum tour, but they only happen on the weekends.

After paying, follow the signs to "Enter Museum," which will lead you to their exhibition on Steel, Stone, and Backbone which tells the history of the New York subway system. From there, there is a hands-on exhibition on how the subway works, which is great for kids. 

Then the real fun starts. Real, deconstructed buses, are on the first level, where you can take a seat behind the driver's wheel of buses from decades past.

Go down to the lower level and find preserved subway cars, from different time periods, lined up on both tracks. The subway tracks are fully operational, but this is no longer an active subway stop. It was really fun and interesting, going from one subway car to the next, and getting a glimpse to the past.

Leather hanging straps and vintage ads...

in this restored subway car. There are dozens from different subway cars from the past, with the ones at the end, looking not too different from the ones in operation today.

Back upstairs to the first level, a row of turnstiles.

And, the final turnstile you walk through to exit the museum.  

INFO: New York Transit Museum | Schermerhorn Street & Boerum Place | Brooklyn, NY 11201 | 718.694.1600
TOURS: Free with admission. Every Saturday and Sunday at 12PM and 3PM. 


Top 5 Tips: Visiting a Museum

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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A Private Tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

I bumped into a family friend and found out she gives private tours at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Of course, I had to jump at the chance and booked a one-hour tour with her. 

Know anyone who knows exactly where they are in the Met Museum while walking though each room of a gallery? Well, Jennie Kim does and it's quite impressive. I don't, and I've been going to the Met for as long as I can remember. But then again, I'm not an expert like Jennie who has a Ph.D in Art History. So yeah, you can say she knows a thing or two about art and museums.

My friend Alia and I met up with Jennie near the information desk by the main entrance. 

The floral arrangements in the Great Hall are stunning!

Here's Jennie answering a question from Alia. Best part of a private tour, you can ask as many questions without feeling like you're taking over a tour group's time. Our tour covered the Renaissance and Baroque, and Greek and Roman collections. 

Starting on the second floor, we weaved through the rooms where certain paintings were pointed out and explained. At one point, we sat down in front of the Caravaggio paintings and were entertained with a little history and back story on Caravaggio's life and work. (Interesting tidbit: There's question by some art historians as to whether The Lute Player is really a Caravaggio.)

Walking though, we passed an artist recreating a painting.

From the second floor European paintings section, we headed back down the staircase and made our way to the Greek and Roman Art galleries.

The Roman Sculpture Court was built to mimic a lavish Roman courtyard complete with a water fountain in the center.

This sculpture in the Greek and Roman Art gallery blew my mind a bit. Jennie pointed out his teeth, which you can't see unless you're at a certain angle and know to look for them. Something I never would have noticed on my own.

In one hour, we covered A LOT since we there were just the two of us on the tour. We moved at an easy pace and Jennie customized the tour as we were walking through the museum. If something caught our eye, we would walk over and Jennie would give us some information on the work. I loved the experience of having a personal tour guide with me at the Met.

Tours can be customized to suit any interest and sample tours of the Met include:
- Greek and Roman
- Renaissance and Baroque
- Nineteenth Century
- Modern 

INFO: Jennie Kim | Art Education and Advisory |
PRIVATE TOUR: Customized tours starting at $100/hr