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5 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Museum Visit

Great museums teach history and showcase beautiful art, and provide a pleasing escape from your stressful everyday life.

Here are five ways to make the most of your museum visit:

Plan your visit for a weekday

Weekdays are much less crowded, and you'll be able to take a longer look at each sculpture, painting, or historic representation without waiting your turn or shoving your way into the viewing crowd.

Dress for comfort

Wear comfortable clothes and be sure to leave any heavy purses behind. A waist pack with a bottle carrier would keep your hands free and provide you with a carrier for your phone, tissues, wallet, and glasses. Wear shoes that are supportive enough for a three-hour walk.

To add some excitement to your museum visit, check for evening events. Though often crowded, these events typically include refreshments, and sometimes offer a chance to meet local celebrities. Research carefully, as some are fundraisers with hefty price tags.

Don't forget the smaller museums

Often less crowded, you're apt to get far more attention from docents and tour guides. One tantalizing example of these small wonders is the John Ford Clymer Museum and Gallery in Ellensburg, Wash. A captivating combination of art and history, the Clymer Museum showcases paintings and illustrations of the Old West.

If you're visiting larger museums, such as the massive Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. or the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, break your day into two visits. Both will let you re-enter the same day with no additional fee. Give yourself three hours perusing the museum, and then leave the museum for lunch or snack. Return to the museum after an hour long break, once your mind has been refreshed. This will enhance your enjoyment of the second half of your museum visit.

The best tour takes a bit of planning, but this preparation will enhance your enjoyment of the creative splendor of a great museum. To plan your visit to the John Ford Clymer Museum and Gallery, you can visit their website or give them a call!

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