The Metropolitan Museum of Art in winter past
One of my favorite things to do when I travel is visit museums. I have chosen travel destinations based on the museums, and sometimes the specific art contained in those museums. I can't remember ever being disappointed. New York is the home of great museums. I spend the most time at the Metropolitan Museum. When I first moved to New York in 1975 I lived five blocks away. In the first few years I would visit almost every Saturday and became very familiar with the permanent collection.
The American Museum of Natural History
In 1976 I got a job working in the anthropology department of the American Museum of Natural History. What a fabulous experience! It was as though I was living "Night at the Museum" though Teddy Roosevelt -- pictured on the horse -- never spoke to me. I was fortunate enough to work there for two years and it was one of the best jobs ever.
As the years have gone by I have done less and less museum visiting, to my great detriment. I do get to a museum about once a month, but with the wealth of riches available to see that's just not enough. In addition to seeing more exhibits, I hope to become a museum volunteer. It probably won't be at the Metropolitan Museum. The training class to be a docent is rigorous and long. The docents give free tours in various areas of the museum which are world class and they work to ensure that these tours are of high quality. But there are many other museums that would be interesting. I enjoy history as well as art and have been looking at the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the New York Historical Society. Is anyone else in Buttercupland a museum volunteer?
The weekend seems to have flown by. Errands, coffee with a friend, my movie marathon and blogging...it just went too quickly, but what fun! Hope your weekend was as much fun as mine and that your week holds only good times.