Go to a museum. Museums, in this article, include art, history, and specialty museums, science centers, zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens, arboretums, nature centers, historic sites and similar institutions. Museums make you feel good. However, a recent study conducted by Harris Interactive finds that people are happier when they spend money on experiences rather than material purchases.
Have you ever had a magical moment with art? Emma Holter September 9, 5 min read Whether it happens on a school field trip or wandering by chance into a local art museum, everyone has a story about their first memorable encounter with art.
My first experience was actually at the Getty. I imagined myself as one of the little girls carrying a basket of flowers through the marbled streets, and wearing a crown of flowers in my hair. At that age, for me art captured a fantasy world, one that was more marvelous and enchanting than I could have ever imagined.
What was your first experience? To hear more perspectives, I recently asked members of the Getty to share their first memorable experience at a museum. Their stories give a behind-the-scenes look at the individuals who work at the museum and the meaningful, transformative experiences they have had with art.
The fact that so many of these stories are set in childhood or adolescence demonstrates to me how important, enriching, and valuable it is to be exposed to art at an early age.
These experiences created a foundation to pursue a career in the arts, and to continue a lifelong love for art. Or rather, my parents went to see it and took me along.
They seemed to get lost—and I was about to lose it! I constantly had to remind them that there is much cooler stuff to look at, namely the vast armory with its rows of full-body metal suits for knights!
To this day, having worked mostly with ancient sculpture, I still have a preference for three-dimensional art. When there was a big flood, they rebuilt the museum in a modified wheel shape with the highlighted objects in the center and more and more objects different time periods, parts of the world, etc.
I remember loving that idea, that you could skim over some things and then see everything in other areas, with choice guiding your exploration.
I was allowed to roam free and pick my fancy depending on my mood we went there a lot! Later in life, I fully understood the importance of looking at art with children when I took my young daughter to LACMA to look at the Altmann Klimts after they were reclaimed and before they were dispersed.
I remember to this day getting down on one knee, head to head, seeing from her vantage point, picture by picture, while we talked about what she saw. One year, as part of a school trip to Washington, D. I remember being perplexed as to why more time read days was not allotted to be able to mindfully visit these great institutions.
That same spirit of adventure and discovery—and a desire to maximize every moment in a museum but no longer at a sprint pace —continues to guide my engagement with art and with visitors at the Getty. There they would meet up with longtime friends for a weekly picnic. While the parents played cards and bocce lawn bowlingthe kids would run off to the beach and enjoy the water.
This was in the days when parents would let their kids wander off alone. The summer when I was about 10, I wandered off alone one afternoon and into the Long Beach Museum of Art, which was practically across the street.
That summer the Museum had an exhibition of videos from its collection, and I was mesmerized. I literally spent hours and multiple subsequent weekends at the museum.
Ironically, those videos I saw so many years ago are now in the collection of the Getty Research Institute, having been acquired from the Long Beach Museum of Art in It was one of the first places we visited after the move, and I remember literally walking into the Middle Ages—a complete cloister from fourteenth-century France.
It was an immersive art experience. I remember feeling the stone probably not allowed, but I was eight! It was like being transported to another world, and I still carry that feeling of wonder with me today when I experience medieval art.All tour and experience tickets must be purchased with an admission ticket first.
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