The weather’s getting cold and nasty for most of the country, but that doesn’t mean your options dwindle to ski trips to Netflix binging staycations. Travel to one of these cities with awesome art museums, and spend the day indoors guilt-free. You won’t get a tan, but you might get cultured.
National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago)
For an art experience you can’t get anywhere else, check out the National Museum of Mexican Art, which features 10,000 works from ancient Mexican artists to modern art.
Cleveland Museum of Art
Founded in 1913, this museum boasts films, musical events, theater performances, tours and lectures. It also have a rather amusing Ask an Expert section online. Throw your weirdest art-related question at them.
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, Missouri)
There’s no place like Kansas City, Missouri for unexpectedly awesome art exhibitions. The Nelson-Atkins is currently showing a polyphonic choral music installation, an exhibit covering the last century of surveillance, and much more.
Detroit Institute of Arts
If you find yourself in Detroit on a Friday night, hit up the Institute of Arts’ Friday Night Live, with free live music and art making workshops.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
There’s much to see in this art museum, but our recommendation is to get super high and check out Frances Stark’s trippy works, now on display.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Plan a visit to Minneapolis for March, when this institute will show a Guillermo del Toro exhibition that’s as freaky as it is film-geeky.
Houston Museum of Fine Arts
There are things to do in the Texan art scene other than South By Southwest. In Houston, catch a film or sketch in the garden.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, Connecticut)
Art talks, American independence exhibits, and Utamaro — What more could you want?
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, Virginia)
If you’re life’s felt like “The Scream” lately, the VMFA has the exhibit for you: Edvard Munch and Jasper Johns are on display through February.