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A Day at the Museum

Museums wow our senses with majesty and brilliance.  Whether awing a Picasso, DaVinci, Michelangelo, or lesser-known talent, the sheer mastermind of the artist’s talent is exhilarating

A local museum gem is The Worcester Art Museum.  This building is residence to masterpieces by artists such as Goya, Cezanne, Monet, Renoir, and Matisse.  In addition, sculpture and other art forms such as pottery also grace the innards of the structure.  An impressive photography collection, with works by Steiglitz, Frank, and Weston (to name a few), bestow a pictorial timeframe spanning from the mid-1800’s to present.

The Worcester Art Museum also has a café, gift shop, and library.  Operational hours are Wednesday-Friday from 11-5 (on the third Thursday of each month, the museum remains open until 8), Saturday 10-5, and Sunday, 11-5.  The building is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and holidays.  The café, shop, and library all have somewhat different hours, so be sure to check for times.  Adult admission is $10, and seniors and college students, $8.  Children 17 and under are free (as are museum members).

Another treasure is The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Donatello, Renoir, Sargent, and so many other remarkable geniuses grace the halls and rooms of this 19th century building.  Greek, African, Egyptian, Japanese, Chinese, European, and other regional artifacts are also available for viewing.

The MFA has attracted visitors from around the globe since its founding in 1870.  Originally situated in the Back Bay of Boston, it moved to its current location on Huntington Avenue in 1909.  The massive structure, with its many sections, has two floors.  A new branch, called the American Wing, will be complete by late 2010; this area will house in excess of 50 galleries.

The MFA is open seven days per week.  On Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday, the hours run from 10-4:45, Wednesday through Friday, 10-9:45 p.m.  A restaurant, café, cafeteria, bookstore, gift shop, and school are all located on the premises.  The cost for adult admission is $17, seniors and students 18 and older, $15, students 7-17, $6.50, and children under 7 are free (as are members).  The building is closed on certain holidays.

It’s hard to top an exhilarating day at the museum.  Hmm, with the cooler weather approaching, maybe an autumn visit?

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