Top 10 Romantic Art Museums
Take her away this summer and make your trip special with a visit to one of these romantic art museums. Sure, a great beach or club is fun, but don’t forget to satisfy her mind and heart with an outing that lets you stroll and talk about what you see. So here are the top 10 romantic art museums to visit with that special woman in your life, along with a few tips on the best spots to find a little privacy amid the crowds.
You don’t have to love art or know anything about art to appreciate what these romantic art museums offer. We sometimes forget that a romantic moment can occur during daylight hours and must remind ourselves that we can connect in ways other than over drinks or expensive dinners. These museums also offer the chance to find out who she is without much discussion. For once you can simply enjoy your surroundings and the moments you create together.
1. Musee Rodin, Paris, France
Nestled among the hustle and bustle of the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, one finds the sculpture gardens and Rodin Museum. Walk the paths and marvel at his work. Enjoy a glass of wine and walk the halls of this understated museum before heading back into the city of light, but before you do hike the length of the gardens beyond the fountain for some of the most secluded alcoves of any garden in Paris. The trek to these far corners will be worth every stolen moment.
2. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
Don’t get blinded by the size and volume of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. This romantic art museum and its intriguing exhibitions are on a quiet street close to shopping and dining. This museum is on the small side and privacy is at a minimum, but rest assured it can be found amid the special exhibit galleries in the late afternoon when the tourists and locals alike have moved on.
3. Musee du Louvre, Paris, France
You’ll never get through the entire place in one day. And you won’t get to see a small fraction of the collection if you stand in the security line with the crowds so you might as well impress her with this little-known fact: There is a back passageway into the main entrance below ground. Just beyond the glass pyramid designed by architect I.M. Pei, and along the edge of the Tuileries gardens is a staircase that drops down from the sidewalk and into the shopping arcade. From here you can pass through a small security checkpoint and make your way beneath the pyramid and into the museum. While the crowds might seem large at times, there are plenty of galleries away from the Mona Lisa to steal a kiss or two. Best of all is the fact that you are in Paris, a place where stealing intimate moments seems to be encouraged.
4. Uffizi Museum, Florence, Italy
The halls are wide, the stairs are long, and the artwork amid the Medici family furnishings is undeniably beautiful. The lack of adequate central air has caused many to faint, which author Stendhal has attributed to the magnificent sight of the artwork. Today, you can use the warmer temperatures and the poorly lit passageways at the furthest ends of the gallery’s upper floors where few tourists venture to your advantage as you take a few moments to wipe the perspiration from her brow and remind her why you brought her here.
5. Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
A renovated gem of glass and steel featuring Puck’s Restaurant by Wolfgang Puck with an immaculate garden for quiet walks. Enjoy the eclectic mix of modern, impressionistic and newly commissioned pieces before an early dinner with cocktails. Then find your way through the lily gardens adjacent to the main building as the sun sets over the 19th-century canal below to a secluded spot among the sycamore trees. If you still have any energy you can treat her to a classic movie under the stars on the back terrace of the main building where the museum erects a massive outdoor screen in the summer and allows you to picnic as you watch.
6. Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany
This small but eclectic museum sits on the outskirts of the English Garden and a few blocks away from the best shopping in Germany. After taking in the museum’s collection, you’ll need a break and a breath of fresh air. Head around the back of this romantic art museum and find the small pond with ducks and geese floating around a small island with a Tea House in the middle. Surrounding the pond are several benches rarely used and these will provide the respite you both want.
7. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The collections and the sculpture gallery at this romantic art museum are the finest in the world. And let’s not forget that The Metropolitain Museum of Art is in Central Park, so a romantic walk is a must after you’ve had some quiet time in the Egyptian rooms on the lower levels. Most visitors stay within the upper floors, and an early Saturday morning visit will provide more privacy than you could ever imagine.
8. Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France
Across the Louvre and along the Seine, this converted rail station is a work of art itself with incredible rooftop views of Paris. The Louvre might have the best of the old world, but the Musee d‘Orsay has a phenomenal collection of oil paintings from the last 200 years. The main floors are congested with security lines, ticket offices and gift shops, so take her upstairs to the cafe and spend a few moments on the outdoor terrace admiring the view. Then slip back inside to admire the smaller galleries amid steel staircases, catwalks and dim dramatic lighting to make a few personal memories of your own at this romantic art museum.
9. Picasso Museum, Paris, France
Nestled in a small neighborhood near the Bastille, the old rambling house converted into a museum boasts a fine courtyard cafe where you can enjoy lunch with wine at a modest price. The lower basement galleries are the quietest, while the upstairs galleries, which house more of Picasso’s better known works, are the loudest. Begin at the top and work your way down for privacy and quiet among the sculptures along the stone staircase.
10. Guggenheim Museum, Venice, Italy
Located on the Grand Canal, the Guggenheim Museum can be reached by foot or by gondola. Peruse the personal collection of Peggy Guggenheim who lived in the house and decorated it with the works of up-and-coming artists. Late afternoon is the best time to visit because the end of the day brings with it the extraordinary light shimmering on the Grand Canal. Here you will find the Nasher sculpture garden and Grand Terrace exhibit areas, which provide a stunning backdrop for the artwork as well as a few stolen moments of privacy for couples to discover one another, helping to make this one of our top 10 romantic art museums.