Are you an ardent lover of all things fine art and looking towards the United States for your next tour? Prepare yourself for an inspiring adventure, because the assorted works of art in the US will offer you nothing less.
But then, first things first, obtain your travel authentication; without it those creative wonders in the United States you want to marvel at will always be beyond your reach. Since you are travelling for pleasure, you need an ESTA—that is if your tour wouldn’t expend more than ninety days and you are a citizen of one of the 38 countries under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
You can procure your ESTA from www.esta-visa.ie if you are a national of Ireland. Once you have done that, then you are ready to dive into selecting which wondrous arts to see in the US.
From the colossal neoclassical Statue of Liberty to the Terminator-like Metalmorphosis, the sheer magnitude of the number of antiques, relics, sculptures, paintings, artefacts… in the United States makes choosing which fine arts to explore difficult. However, if you start with the museums, you should be able view as many arts as possible in the little time you have.
Here are five great museums in the US to get you started.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
Located in Central Park on Fifth Avenue, New York, the museum is not only an architectural wonder, but also the largest art museum in the US and one of the most visited in the world. The prominent cultures of the world are all represented here. The museum will wow you with exotic arts from America, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Africa, Asia, and various other corners of the world
- Guggenheim Museum
Also in New York, this museum will leave you gaping even before you enter inside. Its mesmerising spiral building alone is as much a spectacle as the awe-inspiring collection it harbours. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the museum will treat you to impressive paintings from great artists like Chagall, Mapplethorpe, Picasso, and Kandinsky.
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art
As the largest art museum on the West Coast, the LACMA sits over 20 acres and shelters about 120,000 items, some modern, some others dating back to ancient times. There you will enjoy beguiling arts from Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse, Wassily Kandinsky, Rene Magritte, and many others.
- The Getty Centre
Perching on a hill in Malibu, the Getty Centre boosts beautiful gardens with meandering walkways, gleams brightly whenever the blue California sky is sunny, offers expansive views of rolling green hills and Los Angeles itself, and hosts approximately 1.3 million visitors yearly.
Explore art collections categorised by time periods and from artists like Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh. There are also enchanting photographs, illuminated manuscripts, and striking sculptures.
- Art Institute of Chicago
Founded in 1879, the monumental building houses both a school of arts and a museum and ranks among the oldest museums in the US. On arrival, you will be greeted by two iconic bronze lion statues–but that’s just a taste of the marvels that await you inside.
The art collection here is diverse and spans history. Whether you hunger for African, Indian, Byzantine, European, or Egyptian arts, you will find ample works from various parts of the world and time in history in this museum to satisfy your hunger.
There are numerous other art museums in the US. From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the prospect of exploring them will make you wish you can remain in the country forever.