Writer Faith Cummings introduces us to 11 under-the-radar museums to add to our list of places to visit for a culture fix.
The Louvre, the Met, Victoria and Albert: When you think of museums, these names instantly come to mind. People travel from far and wide to get a glimpse of the Mona Lisa or to chat on the Met steps, but one has to admit that the experience can become a bit overwhelming. Long lines and large crowds don’t always bode well when you’re trying to immerse yourself in the intricate and descriptive work of Delacroix. If you’re looking for a more personal encounter with art, smaller and unknown museums are the way to go. There are literally thousands of them all over the world—from a private stash in a collector’s home that’s now made viewable to the public or a space that looks like an industrial building on the outside but is actually a treasure trove inside.
Two women who have committed hundreds of museums to memory—both large and obscure—as well as knowing the transformative experience of museum-going firsthand are Marlies Verhoeven and Daisy Peat. They met at Sotheby’s, and after considerable time on the art side of the multinational corporation, the duo embarked on creating The Cultivist, a private global arts club offering up one-of-a-kind access to the art world. “Visiting museums feels a bit like taking a walk through time, and so when we travel, we find this is one of the best ways to get to know and experience a culture,” write Verhoeven and Peat. “There’s something so peaceful about museums, and we feel extremely privileged that our job allows us to go to so many, so often.” Here, The Cultivist cofounders’ 11 picks for the coolest unknown spaces around the globe.
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