7 Honeymoon Ideas for Art Lovers
Can’t get enough of Picasso? In love with Chihuly? Wish you could own a Kandinsky? If you’re an art lover through and through, plan for a honeymoon that exposes you to some of your favorite painters and sculptors. These 7 honeymoon ideas will please even the most discerning of art fans.
While most people know London for the Eye, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey, this capital city is also an incredible destination if you love art. Start in Trafalgar Square and visit the National Portrait Gallery, where you’ll learn about England’s history as told through the portraits of the country’s most famous and influential people. Just around the corner is the National Gallery, a sweeping museum that houses over 2,000 paintings, including Cézanne’s Bathers, Ruben’s Samson and Delilah, van Gogh’s Sunflowers, and Michelangelo’s The Entombment. The Tate Britain focuses on British art from the 1500s to the early 1900s, while the Tate Modern showcases the best contemporary art. For those interested in ancient Egyptian art, the permanent exhibit at the British Museum cannot be missed.
New York City, New York
When it comes to art offerings, you can’t go wrong with a honeymoon in New York City. The Museum of Modern Art (known affectionately by its devotees as MoMA) boasts exhibits by Gustav Klimt, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Rachel Harrison, and Edgar Degas. The Guggenheim is a piece of artwork inside and out: the building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, while the museum’s permanent collection focuses on early modernism; here, you’ll find selected works by Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, Vasily Kandinsky and more. Although these are two of the most well known museums in the area, art lovers could spend weeks exploring the hundreds of exhibits and galleries scattered in New York City. From the Museum of African Art on Manhattan’s Museum Mile to the Rubin Museum of Art in Chelsea, you’ll be spoiled for choices in the Big Apple.
If you prefer your artwork with a side of fresh air, consider a trip to Luxor, Egypt. Known as an “open air museum” due to the extensive monuments, tombs and sculptures in this area, Luxor should be at the top of your list of honeymoon ideas if you love all things ancient Egyptian. While you’ll find plenty of modern hotels and restaurants on the east bank of the Nile, the city’s Necropolis is a short trip away on the west bank. Here, you can learn about the burial rituals of Pharonic Egypt and explore a few of the more than 60 royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Funereal art and Egyptian sculpture are two of the highlights here.
If you’re an art conoisseur, your short list of honeymoon ideas must include Paris. Here, you’ll find that bastion of the art world, the Louvre, a museum that houses one of the world’s largest collections of art (70,000 pieces and growing!). While you’ll want to dedicate at least a day to exploring the Louvre, you’ll also want to leave time in your itinerary to take in some of the other Parisian art museums that are smaller than the Louvre, but still well worth a visit. The Orangerie has in its permanent collection Claude Monet’s Waterlilies, a must for any fan of French Impressionism. The Musée d’Orsay, another heavy hitter in the art world, holds the largest number of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artwork in the world. For lovers of contemporary art, a visit to the inside out Pompidou Centre is a must; visitors will find paintings by Dalí, Munch, Picasso, and Matisse. If sculpture interests you, make sure to take in the impressive and haunting pieces at the Rodin Museum.
Rome, Italy and the Vatican City
For a holistic look at more than 3,000 years of history and art, head to Rome and the Vatican City. Rome, known as the “Eternal City,” has galleries, museums, and architecture that will please everyone: from the ancient Roman Colosseum to the works of the Renaissance masters in the Borghese Gallery, you’ll be able to brush up on your history while you indulge in world-famous artwork. The Vatican City, a tiny independent country completely surrounded by Rome, houses the impressive Vatican Museums as well as the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel ceiling as designed by Michelangelo. This ancient part of the world still remains relevant with contemporary art offerings at the National Gallery of Modern Art and the National Museum of the 21st Century Arts.
Another must-visit spot in Italy, Venice has stunning art collections housed in equally beautiful historic buildings. Doge’s Palace is a piece of artwork unto itself with its frescos, detailed ceilings, and handpainted murals. The Venice Academy Museum of Art has the world’s most comprehensive collection of artwork from the 1200s to 1700s. Indulge in modern works at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art and the Punta Della Dogana Museum of Contemporary Art. For an upclose and hands-on look at a living art form, make sure to visit the glassblowers of nearby Murano, Italy. Many tours offer options to try your talents at crafting a glass pendant or bowl.
Los Angeles, California
Movie stars, sunshine, surfers…and art? While Los Angeles is known more for its glamorous Hollywood associations and carefree beach lifestyle, the City of Angels has plenty to offer the art lover, too. The Broad is the area’s newest museum; its collection comes wholly from the private holdings of owners Eli and Edythe Broad. Next, head over to the J. Paul Getty Museum where you’ll find masterpieces by Peter Paul Reubens, Rembrant, and Paul Gauguin. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art are two additional museums that you must include on your itinerary.