The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the place I go to in the dead of winter. When the bone numbing winter chill sets in, I look for warm, indoor spaces that can feed my mind and soul. In January and February, museums are like chicken soup for me. They nourish my desire to find inspiration. They sustain me by challenging me to see everyday things in new ways. While it appears that most living things lie dormant in the winter, there is life to be found in the canvasses of the Old Masters on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Now through February 19, 2018, you can view the Old Masters Now-Celebrating the Johnson Collection. This exhibition features the astonishing trove of European art that was left to the City of Philadelphia in 1917 by John G. Johnson. Mr. Johnson was the most famous lawyer of his day, and his collections of treasures include works by Botticelli, Titian, Monet, Bosch, and Rembrandt. Now, 100 years later, new discoveries keep unfolding about this magnificent collection of works. In this exhibition, “You will get a behind-the-scenes look at a living, breathing collection and experience first-hand how our understanding and appreciation of these works have evolved over the years.”

I urge you to venture out of your winter cocoon to experience this significant collection of Italian Renaissance Painters, Dutch Masters, and French Impressionists. If  you can,  spend a night or two in Philadelphia. This way, you will have time to explore the massive Philadelphia Museum of Art and some of its permanent collections. In addition, you can visit one or more of the many museums in the City of Brotherly Love. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I recommend you visit the Rodin Museum. Here you can see passion, love and desire on display in the works of master sculptor Auguste Rodin, most notably The Kiss. If you stay an extra day, you can also take advantage of two-day tickets. You can have access for two consecutive days to the main Museum building, the Perelman Building, the Rodin Museum, and historic houses Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove for $20.

So, stay a night or two. We here at A Bed and Breakfast Connection of Philadelphia can find you a comfy B&B  within walking distance of the museums. Feed your mind and soul. Don’t lie dormant. Come alive this winter. Visit the museums of Philadelphia.

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