iOS/Android: If your Facebook feed has been littered this week with pictures of people comparing themselves to portraits in museums, you aren't alone. The meme started with people who actually found art on their own that happened to look like them and has now extended to people posting pictures of art that sort of kind of looks like them if you look at if from far away and squint a little bit.
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One of the best things about visiting art museums is being able to see work that touches and inspires you, and it makes sense that you might want to snap a photo. But many museums have rules restricting photography, and the last thing you want to do is be kicked out or damage artwork for the sake of a photo.
When I was 16, my French class was fortunate enough to visit France. We immediately went to the Louvre upon arrival in Paris, but I was so wiped out by jet lag, I sat down and fell asleep. The spot I had chosen, however, was actually an ancient work of art. Here's what would have happened had I broken it.
If you're planning a trip to the US, museums are a great, relaxing way to learn about the country's history. They can also be a frugal way to spend an afternoon -- many American museum admission prices are cheap or better yet, free. Cheapism offers a list of highly affordable museums in every US state.
Museum passes seem like a great deal since you get one ticket for multiple sites, but they have plenty of drawbacks. They may not cover everything you want to see, and can be more expensive than just buying tickets for the sights you want to visit individually, online, before your trip. It's worth it to do your homework in advance.