Museums and Memories

“In poetically well built museums, formed from the heart’s compulsions, we are consoled not by finding in them old objects that we love, but by losing all sense of Time.” ― Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence

Museums are great places to explore and reflect! There are so many interesting and unique museums around the world that offer the chance to learn about various artifacts and cultures as well as art,history, science, and more!

The Getty vs. The Met

First of all, there are two great museums in the United States, both notable for unique things! Check out the mission statements below to learn more:

  • The Getty– “The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts by collecting, conserving, exhibiting and interpreting works of art of outstanding quality and historical importance….The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and European and American photographs.”
  • The Met – “The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded on April 13, 1870, “to be located in the City of New York, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said city a Museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and, to that end, of furnishing popular instruction.”

The J. Paul Getty Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, are both excellent places to visit!

Also, they are both featured in the Hertz NeverLost Companion mobile application, so you can easily guide yourself on your next visit to either of these cities!


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Meadows Museum

Another great museum in the United States, is located right here in Dallas, Texas! Also featured in the Hertz NeverLost Companion mobile application, the Meadows Museum is located within the campus of Southern Methodist University.

“Committed to advancing the public’s knowledge and understanding of art, this gallery has a large, as well as valuable, collection of rare art. The bulk of the art hails from Spain and Spanish influence, but with a wide variety of exhibits and programs that rotate, visitors can be assured there’s something different with each visit.”

The Meadows Museum will actually be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015! In April of 2015, there will be a series of special Golden Anniversary exhibitions and programs, both public and private, held during SMU’s annual Founders’ Day Weekend.

The Museum’s 50th Anniversary celebration actually coincides with the 100th Anniversary of SMU’s opening in 1915, so it will definitely be an exciting time on campus! Linda P. Custard, Chair of the Meadows Museum Advisory Council, says that “In the last half century, the Meadows has become a crown jewel of the arts community and one of the finest university museums in the country” and that “As it grows, the Meadows Museum will continue to serve a broad audience, both at SMU and around the world.”

My coworker, Elizabeth, had the chance to visit this spectacular museum last week and said it was a great experience! Below, you’ll see some of the beautiful pictures she captured of the campus and inside the museum.

Pictures from Elizabeth's trip to Meadows Museum at SMU

Pictures from Elizabeth’s trip to Meadows Museum at SMU

2015 will be a great year to check out this museum, so keep that in mind!

Miscellaneous Museums

As mentioned earlier, you can find a lot of museums (and other cool attractions and must-see events) when you use the Hertz NeverLost Companion mobile application.

However, we’ve also curated a list of other unique, quirky, and interesting museums for you to consider visiting! See below for a list of articles on other miscellaneous museums:

Hopefully you find a museum that piques your interest! Have fun and make some memories!

Melissa Woodring 🙂

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