On our visit to the art museum over a year ago, we chose to go with a guide. I'm really glad of that, because we learned a great deal about modern art and became more open-minded about most of it.
Cliff spent a lot of time dozing on the couch Tuesday and Wednesday. That isn't typical behavior for him, even in winter, so I asked him if he felt all right. To which he replied, "Dang it, can't I even take a nap in my own house?"
Or something to that effect. I reminded him that he has had a habit in the past of hiding his illnesses until they become so extreme that they become life or death, so I never know how he feels. He assured me he felt fine. I informed him that in that case, the next day we were going someplace, anyplace, to get out of the house. In my own mind, I thought maybe we'd go to the World War I museum again.
Thursday morning I checked that website and found out admission is $14 apiece every day except Wednesday, when it's $7. No way am I going to visit on any day but Wednesday! So I told Cliff we were going to Nelson-Atkins instead, which is free except for the $8 it costs to park.
After we walked in, a gentleman asked if we needed help finding anything and asked what sort of art we liked, naming off various kinds: When he said European, I told him that was what we would look at, and he pointed us in the right direction.
We did our guided tour last year through the modern stuff, but I really enjoy the paintings from the sixteenth through the eighteenth century most. I like realistic pictures. While Cliff hadn't been so enthusiastic about looking at art, it didn't take him long to get into the spirit of things. Keep in mind that he is always curious about how things are made, or how things are done. So he had plenty to keep his mind busy. By the way, it didn't even occur to me to take my better-quality camera, so the pictures I took were with the Ipad, and not such good quality.
We both enjoyed our time (even if Cliff won't admit it). It amazes me that I can stand and view paintings created so many centuries ago, close enough to touch them. Not that I would touch them, because the place is heavily patrolled by people whose job it is to safeguard these treasures.