June 16, 2011  |  I Went to MoMA and
“I Went to MoMA and…”: All in the Family

A few weeks ago we posted a series of notes that visitors had left telling us about dates, kisses, and even marriage proposals taking place at MoMA, as you can see here. But museums aren’t just good for romance; they’re great places to go with family, whether you’re a parent bringing children or a teen escorting a grandparent.

Discussions about a favorite painting or reactions to the lines and rhythms of a work of art can help bring us together. It’s refreshing, too, to experience a piece you’ve already seen from a different perspective—through the eyes of a grandfather who remembers when Pollock began dripping paint onto canvas, a mother who marched with the second-wave feminists, or a toddler who hasn’t yet learned to revere Van Gogh for anything besides his colors.

We’re thrilled that so many visitors think of MoMA as a place to bring their loved ones, both young and old, and we encourage you to do the same. What you find here might surprise you.


The first time I went to an art museum and my parents took me to MOMA. I was only 8 years old but there were 2 paintings that had an enormous impact on me. I saw Pavel Tchelitchew’s Hide and Seek and of course Van Gogh’s Starry Night. I am glad to have taken my sons there and also all of the high school students I teach!


Pls note that they are NOT saying museums are NOT places for romance, but not JUST for romance…♥


I took my wife, who is from Japan, to MOMA the first time 16 years ago. She cried when she saw Monets water lilies, she had seen it in books, but never thought she would see it in person. Now we go to MOMA 6-8 times a year and its always a thrill.

This was fun to review and reflect about. I was reminded of past visits, wondering what might I have written in those hours. Memorable shows, but memories change! The Tacoma Art Museum, here in Washington State, has done similar interactive panels, drawing many suggestions from viewers, that were summarized in their blog sites. thanks for the post!

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