“The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.”
–President Barack Obama
The language of art is global. It stimulates and develops the imagination and critical thinking, and refines cognitive and creative skills. Art nurtures important values, including team-building skills; respecting alternative viewpoints; and appreciating and being aware of different cultures and traditions.
Art museums provide powerful opportunities for learning and enjoyment. Tours give students time to look at art carefully, ask questions, and develop their own interpretations. Below is a list of museums favored by school and educational groups:
Getty Center (Los Angeles)
Featuring Getty’s collection of European and American art from the Middle Ages to the present against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views of Los Angeles. The museum offers a guided tour of architecture or gallery and exhibition tours for your student group.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)
One of the world’s great art centers, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) was created as a “national institution and gallery of art” to bring art and art education to the American people. The Museum’s two-million-square-foot building houses over two million objects, tens of thousands of which are on view at any given time. They offer a guided tour with special education classes.
Guggenheim Museum (New York)
An internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum is at once a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of an international network of museums. Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for teens and adults, and daily tours of the galleries led by experienced docents.
Museum of Modern Art (New York)
MoMA has been important in developing and collecting modernist art, and is often identified as the most influential museum of modern art in the world. The museum’s collection offers an overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist’s books, film, and electronic media.
National Gallery of Art (Washington DC)
National Gallery of Art serves the United States in a national role by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art, at the highest possible museum and scholarly standards.
de Young Fine Arts Museum (San Francisco)
Over the years, the de Young has grown from an attraction originally designed to temporarily house an eclectic collection of exotic oddities and curiosities to the foremost museum in the western United States concentrating on American art, international textile arts and costumes, and art of the ancient Americas, Oceania and Africa. The museum is the fourth-most-visited art museum in North America, and the 16th-most visited in the world. It provides valuable art experiences to generations of residents and visitors.