On day 163 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I visited a museum.
While I do appreciate our nation’s larger museums, like the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, I’ve never been able to spend more than three hours or so looking at artifacts and paintings. I’m exhausted after just a short time, yet there’s always so much more to see.
The smaller museums are more fun for me for two reasons: One, they usually don’t take an entire day to get through. And two, they typically feature a single artist, making it feel like I know them on a personal level.
The Chihuly Glass Museum in Seattle is one of those places, and it lures me back again and again. It’s like walking through someone’s imagination, being able to experience their ideas and visions through art. It’s fascinating.
I’ve never worked with glass personally, but it has become one of my favorite mediums. Walking around each piece to view it from a different angle feels like taking a peek inside the artist’s mind. A slight change in the lighting makes it appear completely different depending on where you stand.
For me, viewing art is a form of self-care. It has a way of calming my soul.
What is your favorite museum?