Must See Museums
Even though International Museum Day is not until May, maybe with some planning you should include these Wearever museum favorites on your museum bucket list.
Twenty-two miles north of Copenhagen is The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, and what a museum it is! It made the list of 1000 places you must see before you die. The Louisiana sits right on the water, and the name is derived from the first owner of the property, who had 3 wives named Louise.
If you are driving from Copenhagen, there are at least two nice stops along the way. The first is Karen Blixen's country estate, Rungstedlund, now a historic house museum. It has been preserved mostly unchanged since the Out of Africa author lived there, and contains a collection of her oil paintings and other memorabilia. You will also pass the town of Helsingor and the Kronberg Castle, immortalized as Elsinore, the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet. The second stop is the "Danish Riviera" or Nordsjaelland. It is a very beautiful coastline with clean beaches, shops, and some fine restaurants, try the Restaurant Sostrene Olsen overlooking the dunes.
Once at the Louisiana Museum you will be in for a real treat. Besides the quality of the exhibitions of modern art, featuring works by Bacon, Picasso, Giacometti, Warhol and others, the setting and the large open spaces make this Museum a real treat and a Wearever must see.
Next on Wearever's museum list is The Peggy Guggenheim Collection on The Grand Canal in Venice. A bit of a walk to get to, but you will not be disappointed. Originally, the private collection of American heiress Peggy Guggenheim, it is now open to the public and housed in her former private villa, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, right on The Grand Canal. Be inspired suggestion-step out onto the patio for a super picturesque photo op. The over 300 piece collection features Cubism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism. Enjoy the outstanding selection of modern art by Pollack, Mondrian, Kandinsky, for example as well as an Italian Futurism exhibit.
The third Wearever museum suggestion for today, if you have plans to visit Rome or Vatican City, one of the world's most famous museums, you might want to consider this off the beaten path suggestion, but it does take some advance planning to secure tickets and a time slot for a visit since only small groups are accommodated. The “Scavi” are the fascinating excavations of the underground necropolis located under Vatican City, beneath St. Peter's Basilica. Originally above ground, it was buried by Emperor Constantine I when he built a new basilica. The tour of the underground network of mausoleums takes a couple hours and ends at the presumed grave of St. Peter.
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