MUSEUMS IN THE U.S. & EUROPE I'VE VISITED

Numbered, but in no particular order.
  1. 1.
    Alte Pinakothek, Munich
    I never really appreciated the German Renaissance painters before. It's not all about you, Italy. (Ok, I'm just saying that because I have not had the opportunity to go to Italy yet.)
  2. 2.
    Liechtenstein Museum of Fine Arts, Vaduz
    More interesting sculptures of people than Rodan in Paris, housed inside (and next to) an ultra-modern building. My father's favorite part of the museum was the staircase. (There's an elevator, but why use that?)
  3. 3.
    British Museum, London
    Located in a slightly less touristy part of the city. 3 words: the Rosetta Stone. Yes, just a rock with a lot of small writing. It makes me appreciate modern communication.
  4. 4.
    Musée d'Orsay, Paris
    Such a light-filled Beaux Art train station makes the perfect architectural accompaniment. If you like Impressionists, this is the place to be.
  5. 5.
    National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC
    Dioramas, anyone? I was fascinated by these rooms as a kid.
  6. 6.
    Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
    Free and open 365 days per year, there is great local art as well as a good amount of ancient Egyptian and Greek artifacts.
  7. 7.
    La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, Los Angeles, CA
    Dinosaurs!
  8. 8.
    Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
    It's not just Cowboys and horses anymore.