Art Gallery of Ontario

I have been working in Toronto and ended up traveling to Toronto early on Sunday.  I wanted to check in the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).  It has been on the list for a while!

It is quite a large museum with a number of different of galleries within.  I tried to see most of the major ones.  I thought the medieval art was just beautiful.  They had a number of the prayer beads as well -- I could not believe how detailed they are.  My hands would be too clumsy for that.  This is one of the items below -- how intricate is it!

 AGO is also known for their collection of model boats.  They are done to scale.  They range from Mayflower-esque ships to freight liners to military boats.  They had been bequeathed this collection -- they were fascinating.  The detail was extraordinary.

Some of the modern art was too much for me.  One of the pieces of art was submersed in the lake and surprise, the art was decaying!

The AGO gift shop was fantastic.  I really enjoyed my visit.  I wish I had waited to eat to get an opportunity to try their restaurant.

Time spent in museum: 2 hrs
Times visited: 1
Overall: A-


Detroit Historical Society

Last weekend, I had my office holiday party downtown Detroit.  Jason and I ended up staying downtown for the night and made a little weekend of it!  We visited the Detroit Historical Society on Sunday afternoon.

We really enjoyed the museum.  Admission was free, but they charge do charge to park in their lot.  

We really enjoyed the museum.  The first exhibit was about Detroit through the ages.  It had a good variety of materials around sports, education, fashion, business, and politics.  We spent quite a bit of time in this exhibit.  It was a bit of propaganda though -- about how Detroit was moving forward, passing mention of the Detroit riots, no mention of the Kilpatrick trials.

I liked the auto exhibit.  Seeing some of the old cars was really cool!  I love looking at the old cars.  We ended up hurrying through the auto exhibit as there was a tour guide (?) who was quite distracting (/annoying/unnecessarily loud).  We wanted to get away from him.

I think we will be heading back soon to see the rest of the museum!

Time spent in museum: 1 1/4 hrs
Times visited: 1
Overall: A-


Detroit Zoo

Last weekend, I went to the Detroit Zoo with my in-laws, sister-in-laws, brother-in-law and baby niece!  It was my sister-in-law, Julie's idea to go!  It ended up being a beautiful fall day.  

To make it interesting though, I actually had to use a wheel chair while I was there since I had just sprained my ankle less than a week ago.  The zoo is really a great place to go in a wheelchair as it is very handicap accessible.  Everything had ramps and limited stairs.  I really appreciated that as my loving husband had to push me around the zoo!

We made it to most of the big exhibits.  I really enjoyed the "new" Australian animal exhibit.  It was so cool to walk through the exhibit with NO fences!  A Wallaby hopped right in front of our path!  I felt like a kid again with how cool that seemed!

One of my biggest gripes about the zoo though is that when you arrive, you had to pay for parking.  I think that is quite silly as it is in the suburbs and there really are very few places you could walk there from!  Just charge me an extra dollar in my admission and I would not be left with a sour taste in my mouth when arriving!

Time spent in zoo: 4 hours
Times visited: 2+
Overall: B+


haags gemeentemuseum

We did a day trip to den hague when we were staying in amsterdam.  Haags gemeentemuseum is a little bit outside the downtown and we took a tram to get there!

It was a pleasant surprise!  We really ended up enjoying the museum quite  abit.  We get there about ~2 hrs prior to closing.  

We first walked through the exhibit, Asian Art and Dutch Taste.  It drew interesting connections of Art to the Asian culture.  I had never noticed the influence of the culture.  I loved how they highlighted the China and how the Dutch made changes and claimed it as their own.  This included jewelry, clothes, furniture, and painting.

We had to go to this museum since it had three paintings on 1001 Paintings list.  Two for Piet Mondrian since he is Dutch (who knew?).  One was a traditional classic landscape and the other were the geometric paintings.  We learned quite a bit about the movement and the other players at the time.  I finally will understand a little bit more what I am looking at going forward!

I will say that we did not necessarily agree with some of the newer installation art e.g. three leaning planes.  Not super special in our opinion!

I am definitely happy that Jason pushed us to go!

time in museum: 2 hr
times visited: 1
overall: A-