When I traveled with two friends several years ago, it got very interesting going to a museum together. One friend liked to take her time and read every description of a painting or statue word for word while one friend could stroll quickly through, feeling satisfied that she saw everything. I was the in-betweener I guess.
I liked to read about the history of an artist or time period but didn’t need to spend time on every piece. Nowadays, there is a limit to how many hours I will spend in a museum. I’m thinking maybe two hours? I like the perspective, creativity, and quiet museums provide but soon enough I want to get back out into the city and walk around and I always want to get something to eat. I’m susceptible to hangriness!
However, at the Rodin Museum I would gladly spend a couple more hours. The indoor museum is fine and all but it’s the outside that makes it special. Of course you can see Rodin’s most famous work of art, The Thinker, but you can also stroll through peaceful gardens, especially quiet on a weekday, and see more of his sculptures while also learning about his life. I felt like I was in a whole other world and far away from the busy streets of the city. If I did stay longer I would have had lunch at the outdoor cafe and then take a rest on one of the benches or lounge chairs in the walled-off garden in the very back of the property. I think I’ve found my type of museum.