Pretty Little Picture

March 25, 2010

Saturday marked Scarlett’s first cultural outing. We took a family road trip to one of my favorite places, The Cleveland Museum of Art. For those of you not familiar with Cleveland, you may think that the hastily made Cleveland tourism videos (click here and here) are a comprehensive overview of all that Cleveland has to offer. Yes, there is a reason Cleveland is called “the mistake on the lake.” However, there is more to Cleveland than its two buildings. There is The Cleveland Playhouse, which is America’s first permanently established theatre company, the world-class Cleveland Orchestra, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the art museum.

Relative to the Met or the Louvre, CMA is small. (However, it is the midst of a major expansion project.) Yet despite its size, it has a fantastic collection, and admission is always free. Always. As part of its charter, the museum’s “leaders committed the institution to a policy of free general admission in order to welcome the broadest possible public and to encourage deeper appreciation through repeated visits.” I love this because this perfectly and accurately summarizes my experience of the museum throughout the last 15 years or so. Prior to our visit, I hadn’t been back in quite a while, but seeing some of the paintings in the permanent collection was like seeing an old friend after a long absence. I missed them.

Scarlett had a marvelous time. She only fussed once when she was hungry. Here she is in the Western European wing.

We had an incredible time, and I can’t wait to visit again. I almost wished that we lived closer. Almost.

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