Over many years and even more trips, we've managed to visit more than our fair share of art museums. There's lot of looking, standing on your feet for hours, and all of that while you're surrounded by lots of people doing annoying things. In all of these visits, we've also managed to learn a thing or two about what makes a museum visit enjoyable, and what can make you want to run back to your hotel room. So, I'm sharing these four tips to help you enjoy the arts, without wearing yourself out, on your next trip.
Like I said in the title, don't try to see art on an empty stomach; there's nothing that will distract and tire you more than a rumbly stomach. Eat a little something before you go in to keep yourself powered up. But, I'd recommend keeping it light; a heavy meal will make you want to take a nap in the middle of the museum.
There's no question, art museums tend to be dry places. After all, controlling the climate is good for artworks, but not so good for you and me. After an hour or so walking around, you'll find yourself dry mouthed and tired, wondering what has happened to your energy. (We've had this happen more than I'd like to admit.) What to do? Keep an eye out for water fountains and take every chance you can to take a long slurp. Water is your friend.
If you're at a bigger museum that has a place to eat, stop and take a break at the cafe. It's a great chance to refuel and take the chance to get a visual break. If you want to avoid spending too much money, just get a drink. Then, go dive back in and enjoy the works of art with newfound energy and fresh eyes.
Have you ever noticed that galleries often have benches or big seating in the middle of the floor? Take a load off, sit, and look. Often. Not only do you get to rest your back and feet, it's a great chance to really take a good look at the artwork. Without the urge to move around, you can really absorb what's in front of you.