Do you like visiting museums? If yes, what is your preferred type? History, art, science, local, or another type?
#1: As a parent, my favorite kind of museum these days are large children’s museums that aren’t insanely crowded that can wear the kids out. But I also like history and science. Sometimes local. Recently my kids went to the Houdini museum in NYC and declared it their favorite museum ever (even moreso than the insane children’s museum in St. Louis). I like *some* art museums, and mostly the kinds with exhibits full of things that aren’t just paintings, though I also love a good Dutch masters collection. My favorite art museum is The Art Institute of Chicago. My second favorite is the Prado (love me some Hieronymus Bosch). I think the Metropolitan Museum of Art is too … random? It’s full of stuff but the individual rooms don’t seem as well curated as in Chicago, where each room tells a story. But with a few exceptions I don’t tend to seek out art museums like I do historical museums or, to a lesser extent, natural science.
In terms of history, I like the Oriental Institute and both Gettys. I used to love the DeYoung museum, but I haven’t been in SF when it was open in over 30 years, so I don’t know if I still like it since it’s moved. (The SF Science museum is still just as cool as it was when I was a kid, and they’ve waaaay upgraded the earthquake exhibit which was my favorite then.) Local museums can be pretty cool as well, and we’ve taken the kids to a few historical towns where they have volunteers dressed up in historical costumes demonstrating historical things. I think my favorite localish museum is a textile museum in I think Lowell, Massachusetts, though there’s also a tiny small-town museum about a distant branch of my family who were much more colorful than my direct ancestors.
All of the Smithsonians are amazing.