We are not what most people would consider “cultured.” If you’ve read the blog you’ve already discovered we’re more likely to be at a rodeo than the opera. In fact, you can probably put money down right now on the fact that there won’t be a blog post about the opera or the orchestra (although if that is your thing it could be a great date for you).
Raley (the twelve year old) and I stepped outside of the norm and headed down to the Blanton Museum of Art on a Sunday afternoon after church. This was not on the top of her list of things to do. The conversation on the drive was mostly a list of all the things she’d rather be doing than going to an art museum . . . so if your kids complain about the things you do to make memories, just remember you aren’t alone. I wasn’t going to say it out loud, but I was a little suspect of the experience myself, but wanted to try something new.
I can’t speak for all art museums, but I absolutely loved the Blanton Museum of Art and Raley didn’t hate it, which was a win. It isn’t made for a soon-to-be teenager, so “not hating it” is a pretty big win.
There were paintings from hundreds of years ago and when you look up close you are blown away by the detail. There were some rooms of contemporary art as well. One of my favorite displays had a room all to itself. I posted a picture below, but the picture doesn’t give it justice. There were bones hanging from the ceiling, communion wafers in a tower in the middle of 300,000 pennies, and it was all surrounded by curtains. I’m sure there was some significance I’ll never understand, but I enjoyed it because it just looked pretty cool . . . and I’ve never seen $3,000 in pennies.
The other highlight of the day was the typewriter, which was a hands-on display in the literary exhibit. Raley sat down at it and I thoroughly enjoyed watching her try to figure out how to insert the paper. When she pushed the first key and the typewriter’s metal letter swung forward and struck the ribbon on the paper she literally jumped back in her seat. It reminded me of how far we’ve come technologically and how old I am now.
I’ll probably go back on a date with my wife one day since it is definitely geared more towards adults. The cost is $12 for an adult, $5 for a teenagers, and kids are free. Thursdays are free (don’t purchase a ticket because they can’t refund them) so you could make this a really cheap date night!