Saturday, September 17, the Smithsonian Magazine sponsors Museum Day with more than 500 participating museums across America. Pick a museum and then get a ticket. It’s free. Museums in the Seattle area include MOHAI, the Museum of History and Industry, and the Museum of Flight.
Take a look. There are many, many places you can visit.
“The blazing Romanticism of this gold, green and purple visionary scene belies any misconception that Monet simply painted what he saw or was a relaxed celebrant of leisure. Even the morally fervent Victorian critic Ruskin might have been moved if he’d seen that medieval church glowing on its hilltop in the mystical sun. He would have seen this as a religious work, and perhaps it is. Monet steps out from behind his easel, to share deep emotions with us. He uses colour expressively, dives imaginatively into this spectacular piece of Normandy coastline where a deep gorge separates us from the church. Does that abyss symbolise a gulf between him and God, or between modern life and a simpler past? This is a sublime revelation of Monet’s inner turbulence.” — The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the national museum of the Netherlands, has a terrific web site. It is such a cool site! Browse it up. You can learn a lot. Amazingly detailed information. Pick a number, any of the numbers, to reveal a factoid.