Come along with me on my top picks for museums I enjoyed visiting in the few destinations that I've been. Why 14? Because nobody does a list with that number apparently! Picture up top is from my visit to MOMA in San Francisco. I always make time for a museum visit in one of the cities I am visiting, I enjoy the experience and always learn something new. Besides, most museums are architectural beauties in their own right so I love discovering these concrete monuments and enjoy their offerings! Here we go, in no particular order...
Islamic Arts Museum, Malaysia
Its very rare to see a museum dedicated to a religion especially Islam even though it is one of the major religions of the world. This one was an eye-opener, the architecture, the artifacts, the facts, the ambience were all plus points.
Exploratorium, San Francisco
This one threw me back to my school years. Spent almost all day in here and loved every single exhibit. Very scientific but equally interactive. As the name suggests, there is a lot to explore.
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
I was fortunate to call Atlanta home for almost ten years and probably visited the High at least ten times during that period. Its a marvelous structure - no way you can drive by without wondering what it is. And they always had great exhibits to offer.
The Ducati Museum, Bologna
This was a must do during my Italy trip and although I assumed it would be kinda boring, I was proved wrong. Lots of history and facts here on motor racing and the Ducati lineage as well.
National Maritime Museum, Amsterdam
This museum in Amsterdam has a huge courtyard with different floors and rooms dedicated to various nautical themes. I especially loved the gift shop as well as this one room where they had continuous tapes of sailors sharing their story.
Art Museum, Denver
Downtown Denver's architecture is amazing. Just stand at the entrance of this museum and look around. The museum itself is quite the marvel and can possibly take a whole day if you are a true art aficionado and check out every single exhibit.
I am from Chennai but had not visited this space for the longest time. It is more of an arts and crafts space, open air and with lots of interactive heritage arts to participate in. Think basket weaving, pottery, jewelry making, etc. Always a fun experience.
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, DC
This one was a fluke, the line was too long for another museum so ended up here but loved it. The whole afternoon was spent wandering around this space that looks deceptively smaller from the outside. Also grab a coffee by the water sculpture in the courtyard, you'll love it.
Museum of Design, Milan
This was a bit of a harried stop since I had a packed agenda but this beauty caught my eye as did a few others. This was also my first trip to Europe so I loved the narrative at the museum and the exhibit by local artists on display.
Skansen open air museum, Stockholm
This one is a bit of a mishmash, its a zoo, a current life exhibit and many other things rolled into one. It did take me all day and it was a beautiful walk through the Djurgarden. I think its also the first time I saw moose IRL ever.
Da Ku Cultural Center, Yukon Territory
This one was a serious whammy! I was so ignorant about the First Nations people and their history, culture, lifestyle so everything on this trip to the Yukon Territory in Canada was an eye-opener, more so when a member of one of the clans gave a guided tour of the museum. Beautiful space and great initiative.
Genocide Memorial, Kigali
My trip to Rwanda was almost incomplete and then this visit happened. To call it a museum would be an insult to the atrocity the country faced. No photography allowed inside as a sign of respect but there is no way you are leaving without a tear marking its presence.
World War II Museum, New Orleans
Among the many things on my agenda, this happened completely by chance since the hotel I was staying at happened to be within walking distance. I don't think there will ever be enough to know and learn about the wars humanity has witnessed.
Not that I wanted to intentionally leave on a serious note but there you are, the top museums I've had the opportunity to visit and enjoyed. What are some of your favorites? If you leave a note here, I promise to try visit whenever I am at the destination its located at!