CATEGORY: Art in the USA

When I was a young teenager, my grandmother gave me a print of Norman Rockwell’s “A Girl at the Mirror”. The image of a young girl comparing herself to the movie star, Jane Russell, captured the anxiety of a child realizing that she soon will become a woman.  My grandmother said it reminded her of me and I hung it above my bed.  The American illustrated captured many relatable American moments and you can feel the nostalgia while roaming the Norman Rockwell Museum and Studio in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

My husband and I brought little baby, Derin on his 8 months birthday, for a day visit on our way driving to Mass MoCA. It was the perfect pitstop for a couple hours of iconic art and wondering the fields located in the Berkshire Mountains.

Norman Rockwell Museum

The Norman Rockwell Museum entrance


Norman Rockwell “Golden Rule” 1961


Norman Rockwell The Saturday Evening Post covers



Norman Rockwell’s Studio


Norman Rockwell’s Studio


Administrative offices at the Norman Rockwell Museum


Playing on the grounds of the Norman Rockwell Museum

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There are few things as exciting as taking a cultural road trip through North America: as the third largest continent in the world North America has plenty to ensure travelers a road trip of a lifetime.

Before embarking on a road trip, travelers should ensure they have all the appropriate documents, especially if they are planning to cross borders into different countries. Important documents include passports, visas, driver’s licenses as well as health and insurance papers. Those who are planning to drive for the duration of the trip need to select a vehicle that best suits their needs.   The best vehicle for the job would be a four-wheel drive, although this depends on personal preferences.

To get the most out of the cultural journey, the trip should have a flexible itinerary and should ideally cover interesting locations in both USA and Canada.

Exploring some of the most fascinating museums in these countries would be first stop on my list:

Museums in New York

Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City, The American Museum of Natural History is definitely one of the most visited museums in the country. It consists of 27 interconnected buildings housing more than 40 exhibition halls, a planetarium and a huge library. Visitors can spend hours wandering around the museum exploring hundreds of fossils, animal specimens, cultural dresses and other artifacts.

From there, art lovers can head to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also in Manhattan, to feast their eyes on more than two million art pieces displayed there. Other notable places to visit in New York include Times Square and The Statue of Liberty.

Museums in Washington, DC.

The area around the National Mall and Memorial Park, Washington, DC., is made up of more than 1000 acres of protected park lands. It is home to many of the USA’s iconic public landmarks including the Lincoln, Jefferson and Washington Memorials and the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials. Travelers can also visit any of the numerous museums in the area to learn more of the USA’s history.

Attracting over five million visitors annually, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History is a place of immense wonder. Also situated in Washington DC., It has a vast collection of plant and animal specimens, human cultural artifacts, precious stones and gems spread out in creative displays across the halls.

Museums in Ontario, Canada 

Situated across the USA border, in Ontario, Canada, the Royal Ontario Museum is one of the most notable museums in the country. This museum of natural history and culture has a fascinating design and boasts a collection of over six million items ranging from a collection of dinosaurs to several paintings and art pieces. It also has a hand-on display specially designed for children.

Home to over 65,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is the eighth largest in North America. The exhibition halls contain a rich mix of both European and Canadian art, featuring classical work from Picasso and Van Gogh to other lesser-known artists. The museum was recently renovated and expanded to house more paintings and sculptures, becoming a true art lovers haven.

These are just a few of the cultural wonders that the USA and Canada have to offer – hundreds of other notable treasures await travelers as they make their journey across North America.

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