When it’s “Too Nice Out” to Go to a Museum

Is it ever too nice out to go to a museum Tips for using outdoor areasToo often, people think of museums as a “rainy day activity,” something you save for when there are no better options. That couldn’t be farther from the truth! While I agree that some days are just too beautiful to be inside, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a museum. So many places have sculpture gardens, outdoor exhibits, landscaped areas just asking to be explored on a sunny day.

My new post on the blog for the National Museum of American History explores some other ways you can use that museum (or others!) for outdoor exploration.


My son spends as much time as possible outside. At two years old, he has definite opinions, and when he carries over his shoes and shoves them in my lap… I know what that means. I can’t say I blame him, it has been a beautiful summer in Washington, D.C., and we are moving into those crisp fall days that make you want to stay out as long as possible.

When the “great outdoors” beckons on a day like that, it can be hard to justify spending any time indoors, even at a place as amazing as the National Museum of American History! Sometimes, people will tell me they “save” museums for bad weather, and it is just too nice out right now to go.

I COMPLETELY understand this feeling, and, in fact, I support it. My son starts to climb the walls (almost literally) if I keep him cooped up for too long. Luckily, you don’t actually have to choose between your museum trip and outdoor adventure; you just spend your time around the museum, as well as in it!….. continue reading

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