Museums are rated among the most popular attractions in the famous cities of the world, but not planned well they can be boring. Remember to always check their website. There’s lots of other useful stuff on websites. In addition to schedules of upcoming exhibitions and programs like films, classes, lectures, concerts–even yoga
Before you plan your next trip, here are the 10 tips to make a museum visit more interesting.
Check wait times before you go
The most effective way to avoid a wait is to buy tickets online before you arrive. Checking online it may give you an idea which days are less busy or if the exhibition has an explorer app on iOS or Android that can guide you through the exhibitions.
When planning your trip, be sure to confirm the exhibition’s hours, location/directions, and admission cost. You can use the museum’s website to plan your visit and choose what you’ll want to see. This will save you time and you won’t feel like you wasted your time just walking around. Another reason to plan your visit in advance is that there are often art discounted tickets days.
Know the free/discount days
Most large museums have certain days that are free of charge or with big discounts. But that also means they’re typically crowded with people.
Avoid the most crowded times
Most people are usually working Monday-Friday, so the museums will naturally be more crowded on the weekends. If you can, try to plan your trip during the low season.
Keep off your phone
Despite the fact that smartphones are part of our lives, some exhibition restricts the usage of phones in museums instead to help boost experiencing art.
Most places ask to respect the sanctity of our exhibition and refrain from using phones. You’ll want to silence your phone and keep it in your pocket during your visit. No one wants to visit a museum while other people are face-timing or talking over the phone.
Get a guide for major art museums
It’s always a good idea to stop by the information desk. Ask for a map, or have museum staff suggest highlights in the collection or special exhibitions.
Don’t take pictures
The rules should include what restrictions exist for photography. Most of the museums fully prohibit photographs. Some of the reasons are that camera flashes emit intense light and are believed to hurt paintings and the patina of delicate objects. Not allowing photography it will allow the gift shop to maintain a monopoly on selling images.
Ask plenty of questions
These are people who can assist you and help you to understand the art. Take advantage of their presence and see what knowledge, museum tips and fun facts you can learn. Ask about the mission of the exhibition, the history of the collection, or changing ideas about the museum’s role within the community.
Don’t stay all-day
Some art experts suggest a 2-hour maximum for viewing art. It is impossible to see everything in most museums. The best option is to join guided tours.
You can set a reminder on your phone 15mins before you reach whatever limit you set. You know that feeling when you’ve been in a museum for a too long time.
Consider buying something at the gift store
There are plenty of options for souvenirs for adults and kids – from history and science books to toys and games. Buying something also supports the museum itself and most are non-profits. So you can contribute and support the museums in their offers for creating new exhibitions.
For more ideas, see Top 10 Museums Every Traveler Should Visit in the U.S..