Simple Date #5 – Visit a Museum

My husband and I dedicate Fridays for a “date day” each week—trying to find at least one or two fun things to do and explore on that day. One of those “fun” things has been to go to a museum.

I realize that a “museum” date idea might evoke a yawn or a roll of the eyes from you or your spouse. But let me tell you, there are a wide-variety of museums, so there’s bound to be something that will catch your eye or attention.

Date Museum

The photo above was taken when we did an overnight trip to Hannibal, Missouri where you can visit the Tom Sawyer museum. I was pretending to “whitewash the fence” like Tom Sawyer did in Mark Twain’s book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

We also went on a Trolley tour of Hannibal that gave us a lot of historical information on Mark Twain’s life, the town of Hannibal, as well as taking us by the infamous cave where “Tom Sawyer” (actually Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain) explored and got lost when he was a boy.

It was a lot of fun and a bit thrilling too since our Trolley driver wasn’t the best driver on the road! Lol! 😉

Some of the other types of museums we’ve visited and enjoyed include: a local wax museum (including Madame Tussaud’s in London, when we vacationed in the U.K.), Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, and The Museum of Westward Expansion (currently under renovation) which is beneath the St. Louis Arch, just to name a few.

I’m certain you and your spouse have lots of museums of all types near you or at the nearest large city. I’m including a directory of  U.S. Museums that will give you ideas state by state and city by city.

If you live somewhere outside of the U.S. and know of a museum that you enjoyed visiting, I’d love it if you’d share about it in the comments.

There’s an added bonus that comes with visiting a museum, it gives you and your spouse something to chat about over a cup of coffee or dinner that hopefully will round off your museum visit!

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What are some museums you’ve visited in or near your hometown?


What museum do you hope to visit—making it into a date with your spouse?


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  • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    Great idea, Beth. Quiet is appropriate in some museums, and this can afford a couple an important experience – shared contemplation. Though I saw it alone (long before barbara and I met), sitting in that silence in front of F.E. Church’s famous painting of Niagara Falls in the Dallas Museum of Art was a peak experience in my life; the roar of the falls filled the space around me, filled my heart. I wish I could have shared it.

    If I may suggest a related date idea – look around your town for traces of almost-vanished history, in the form of old foundations, streets that lead no-where, and farms that have been left to return to nature.

    Google Earth or similar programs can really help. The Royal Air Force airfield at Witchford, in England, was returned to agricultural use in 1946…but it can still be traced today. If you click the link below, you’ll see a triangle in the middle of the farm fields…that’s where the old runways crossed.

    Sometimes you can trace previous land use through patterns of disturbed earth…vegetation will be a slightly different colour when seen from above.

    And then you can go out and do some discovery!

    • Yes, quietly taking in either the beauty, the oddity or the important history in any museum can be such a bonding exercise for a couple, Andrew. Sounds like that painting must have been breath-taking and awe-inspiring. I’ve been to Niagara Falls, but was only 2 at the time, so don’t recall much of its grandeur! ha! But we are headed to Texas in October, so maybe we could stop by the Dallas Art Museum on our way down south.

      I also love historic architecture and love to wander around in the ruins of the past. So I’m right there with you on the idea you’ve shared. Thanks also for the tip on the airfield. I do hope my hubby and I can visit the UK again very soon. In fact, I’m hoping that maybe next year we might venture back there. A girl can only dream, right?! 😉

      Thanks for all the great ideas, my friend! I do love to explore in all sorts of ways.

  • Gretchen

    Great idea and so often overlooked! I had not thought of my local museums in years. Thanks for this great date idea:)

    • Thanks for coming by and joining the conversation, Gretchen! Yes, museums are one of our favorites. I hope the directory helps you to find some place interesting to visit in your neck of the woods.

  • Sherry Thecharmofhome

    Great idea and a welcome way to get out the house kid free!

  • Definitely we are always up for this. A museum with a large outdoors is even better. An excuse for a semi-aimless stroll, with plenty to trigger conversation when it flags. Our local area is not strong on museums but we do have several stately homes and castles. Across the UK the National Trust is quite reliable. In London we love the British Museum and the V&A. We must go to one or both every time we’re in town.

  • Sarah Geringer

    What a great idea, Beth! We like going to First Fridays where local art galleries and antique shops are open late. On vacations we like to tour museums and historic homes. Some of the best museums we’ve visited were in Dallas, Texas. They have great museums for free admission. Glad I have a culturally appreciative husband!

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