Our other Winter break trip was to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Our last visit was in 2015 so it was time for a return and all four boys were agreeable to coming on this outing.
We made an effort to visit the galleries we had either missed or only flitted through in our previous visit. I was surprised by how into medieval and renaissance art the boys were so we spent a lot of time in the early European art section. There were entire furnished rooms from historic buildings and things like church screens on display but later we discovered that there were entire chunks of ecclesiastical architecture, including a whole cloister, and a Japanese temple from the 14th Century. How had we managed to miss such massive exhibits on our previous visit?
I don’t think it is necessary for me to write at any length about our visit. We wandered around, appreciated works of art from diverse cultures, a wide variety of periods, and different media, and had some good quality discussions along the way. Everyone got to see something that was a highlight for them – such as my 17 year old seeing one of Van Gogh’s sunflower paintings – and we did not push everyone beyond their tolerance by insisting that we visit every single nook and cranny of the museum.
When the boys were younger, we always used to keep them occupied and engaged in museums by giving them pencil and paper and encouraging them to draw; once they got older, however, we evolved a new family challenge: each person has to find an exhibit that they try to replicate through mime or tableau. I will, therefore, close this blog post with some of our attempts from this trip.
I love the idea of miming an art piece! I’ll have to try that with my nephew.
It’s fun and I definitely recommend it. Just be prepared for other visitors to chortle.
Thanks for the tip!
The last ones are so fun! It’s nice to see the boys growing up (and such big feet as boys get). As ever, you create such great memories with them.
The feet are ridiculous, aren’t they? The youngest has average feet (for now) but the older three all inherited my husband’s clodhopping big feet.
I think you nailed it with your imitation of that sculpture! Such a good idea, and so funny.
Thank you. I do think I was the winner, if I do say so myself. I have no sense of embarrassment which helps.
I remember my amazement when I first encountered the temple in my first visit I guess 45 years ago (oh dear) and I’m still interested in how such a thing was accomplished, getting it all set up. And I love the life mimics art. It’s hilarious how each person somehow really does look like the art. You definitely stole the show, though. !!!
I have zero sense of embarrassment so I really go for it and make a spectacle of myself no matter how many other visitors are in the room.
It always amazes me, in any museum setting, when someone has organized the deconstruction, relocation, and reconstruction of entire buildings. It’s an impressive feat. It must be akin to putting together a puzzle. I would be interested to observe it some time.
And then when private citizens do it, it’s just crazy to me. Like Hearst Castle.
I love that last one, great impersonation Laura. Looks like a great building and place to visit.
It’s a really good art museum. They do a good job of displaying the works. And I am glad you got a kick out of my larking about.
How delightful!!!! Love the creative way to visit a museum!!!!
We have always had to find creative ways to really engage our kids in visits to certain places – whether it was treasure hunts or sketchbooks – and they have just evolved over time to be this kind of larking around.
I love it!!!! I’ve done treasure hunts, sketchbooks and similar larking all by myself in museums 🤣 – have you seen either of these books: “How to be an explorer of your world” by Keri Smith or “The Art of Noticing” by Rob Walker? Both of those books regularly encourage my larking around habits 🤣🤣
I have not read either book but I have the first one on my list of books to check out. I actually think it was you who recommended it.
Lol!!! Possibly it was me…I have been talking about the Keri Smith title for a while now 🤣
All the pleasantries and affection for you! ❤