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How To Plan a Trip To the Museum

Planning a trip to a museum can be an art in itself. Here's how to do it right.


  • Step 1: Check for how you're going to get there—by car, train, bus, or rickshaw. Be sure to have enough cash to pay for your transportation.
  • Step 2: If the museum website provides online maps, take a look at them to plan your excursion. It'll help you get to the exhibits you want to see.
  • Step 3: Set aside clothing that's both comfortable and appropriate for a museum. Ideally, nice but not restrictive. Remember that you’ll be on your feet.
  • Step 4: If you have children, just before you go make sure they're fed, have gone to the restroom, and that they have enough energy for the excursion.
  • FACT: Some museums—like the American Museum of Natural History in New York—now offer sleepovers.
  • Step 5: Now get to the museum and enjoy the art!
  • TIP: Some museums stay open late one evening and/or charge no admission one day a week—do your research if your time and money are tight.
  • Step 6: If you're interested in a guided tour—which can be very informative—check the schedule and costs. If you’re in a foreign country, check the available languages.
  • Step 7: Poll the party you'll be going with to see which museums they want to visit. Pick a place with something for everyone.
  • Step 8: Check out local city magazines, like Time Out or ones like New York Magazine in NYC
  • Step 9: Go online to find out what times the museum will be open, what the price of admission is, and whether and when any special exhibits will be available.
  • TIP: If you can, purchase your tickets online ahead of time, which will save you time—and maybe money—once you arrive.
  • Step 10: If you have children, check to see if the museum has any special areas for kids.
  • Step 11: Take a survey of the museums in your area. Some will house modern art, others historical art; some will show solely paintings or portraits, while others might be dedicated to a single artist.

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