Museum Musings

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Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art, better known as MoMA, houses many different collections of contemporary art. These include everything from the modern designs of Andy Warhol to the video games that dominated the 1970s. Located on 11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY, the MoMA is home to paintings, screen printings, sculptures, photographs, and many more mediums popular to the contemporary art era. Along with the permanent displays, the traveling exhibits are just as exceptional —  including the performative exhibit the Lone Wolves Recital Corps, which leaves on October 9th. The MoMA is a perfect place to not only entertain the mind but to capture inspiration from the modern artists of today.

Grounds for Sculpture

Grounds for Sculpture is just a hop, skip, and  jump away from the center of Princeton. Located on 80 Sculptors Way in  Hamilton Township, NJ, this collection is less of a museum and more of a park. The surrounding acres are covered in sculptures that depict both the realistic and more abstract aspects of life. Around every corner is a new surprise, for  every type of shape and material imaginable is used to create breathtakingly large and lifelike pieces of art. Visitors hike along paths that take them around, past, and sometimes through the exhibits as both natural and man-made wonders continue to amaze people everyday.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art — also known as the Met — is the perfect museum to appreciate art from different time periods and also learn about the history surrounding the pieces. Located on 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY, the Met contains art from nearly every culture on the planet; the Medieval Europe wing houses centuries worth of knights armor while the Ancient Egyptian wing contains treasures that pharaohs were buried with, as well as an ancient tomb! Perfect for students and teachers alike, this museum not only informs us on the backgrounds of the multiple cultures but also entertains the artist inside everyone.

The Princeton University Art Mseum

The Princeton University Art Museum is another wonderful museum to visit when you want to experience both history and art, and it’s just down the road! Located in the center of Princeton University’s campus, this gallery contains art from as far away as Ancient Korea to as close as New York. Take a tour either by yourself or with a guide and experience first hand the detailed and varied pieces of art that call the  museum their home. Make sure to check out any moving exhibits since they don’t last for long including Asian Calligraphy and Howard Russell Butler’s depiction of eclipses.

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