The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City-Manhattan)

New York has the most amazing museums and is home to what is probably thought to be the premiere art museum in the USA.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art is definitely the most visited and it is on the DO NOT MISS list of any trip to New York City. Since we were on a whirlwind tour of the city we really didn't have enough time to really appreciate it. In fact the kids and I all agreed we could easily have spent a … [Read more...]

MOMA-Museum of Modern Art (New York City-Manhattan)

My kids and I are huge fans of modern art. Modern art is often visually "fun" and very often thought provoking and we are always interested in trying to figure out what the artist was trying to say in his or her piece. Let's face it, any time I can get my teenagers to engage in any kind of discussion is a coup. It's for that reason we (and me especially) were particularly excited to check out MOMA, New York's … [Read more...]

The Rocky Statue (Philadelphia)

You cannot visit the city of Brotherly Love with paying homage to one of it's greatest sons (albeit, a fictional one), Rocky. One of the most famous scenes in the original movie is of Rocky's crazy training regimen in which he runs up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The statue is to the right of the museum entrance (and below the steps-at street level). You will find it when you find the large line of … [Read more...]

The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh)

My kids and I are huge pop art fans and so we were particularly excited to check out The Andy Warhol Museum which is located in the city of his birth-Pittsburgh. After getting over the sticker shock (it cost the 5 of us $50 to check out the 5 floors) we headed into the theater to watch the looping movie about his life, his art, his movies and his eclectic life. The movie itself was quite interesting and we were … [Read more...]

Louisville Glassworks (Louisville)

Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky

Louisville is also famous for its glass factories (just like Toledo, Ohio) and right around the corner from the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory we decided to check out another fun and interactive activity at The Louisville Glassworks. Inside we took a look at the displays to learn a little bit about the different ways glass can be transformed into interesting shapes and colors before taking a seat in front … [Read more...]

Pewabic Pottery (Detroit)

Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky

Pewabic Pottery is a neat little stop if your group enjoys arts and crafts.  Part art gallery, part store, part studio and part museum, this is a great place to learn about the art of pottery making and how the city of Detroit inspired some of Pewabic's historical work.  This studio has been working continuously since 1903 and is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Walking around the gallery, we really … [Read more...]

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (Minneapolis)

Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

We would never have discovered the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden also known as the Walker Art Center, had it not been for my youngest son Joel's curiosity.  As we were driving up to Minneapolis, Joel my front seat co-pilot was holding my guidebook staring intently at a photo of the sculpture of the spoon with the cherry that you see here.  Joel insisted that we find it and after a little bit of creative sleuthing … [Read more...]

Toledo Museum of Art-Glass Pavillion (Toledo)

Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky

Toledo is famous for glass production and The Toledo Museum of Art-Glass Pavillion showcases some of the most beautiful glass artifacts and sculptures from ancient times to the present.   Everyone really enjoyed the opulent displays.  The cut crystal was amazing, but everyone's favorites were the awesome modern art glass sculptures.  I just love art glass, it's such an interesting artistic medium.  It's so fluid … [Read more...]

Millennium Park (Chicago)

Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Millennium Park is a great place to start (and start early, there’s a lot to do in the Windy City) your adventure in Chicago just like we did because you can do it before 10am before most other things open. We got really lucky as we were able to walk from our hotel which wasn't that far. Millennium Park is an incredible public space filled with artwork and areas for concerts. We walked through the Lurie Garden … [Read more...]

Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge)

Norman Rockwell

There is no painter who better captures the spirit of America more than Norman Rockwell and that's why I thought it was so important to go to this museum even though it was a little out of the way in Stockbridge-which by the way, is the cutest town ever. This is where Norman Rockwell made his home and had his studio on the premises. Inside my kids and I were all blown away to see many of his very popular and … [Read more...]