June 1, 2020
Due to travel restrictions, plans are only available with travel dates on or after
Due to travel restrictions, plans are only available with effective start dates on or after
Some museums, such as small-town shrines dedicated to a footnote of local history, can be explored over a lunch break. But others, like the world’s top museums featuring sprawling galleries and dozens of sub-basements overflowing with collections, require a plan. That’s especially true when your family is coming in tow.
But even with a plan, a cross-country trip or around-the-world voyage to see long-lost antiquities or paintings so popular they have their own Twitter account can still come off the rails. So, what if the road to London or Paris gets a little rocky, metaphorically speaking? What if a trip delay or lost bag means you need to erase this much-awaited visit on your itinerary? Or what if an illness or other unforeseen circumstances prompt you to cancel the family trip, losing your travel investment along with your hope of rebooking anytime soon. There are countless other scenarios, too, in which the upshot of travel turmoil is missing this singular bucket list experience.
That’s where travel insurance comes in. With a travel insurance plan from Allianz Global Assistance, you can avoid your own “blue period” — unlike the artist whose gallery you’ve been saving to visit. That’s because with the right travel insurance plan, you can travel with the peace of mind that a travel delay can be remedied. And that unexpected eligible expenses incurred on the fly due to a covered delay can be reimbursed. Consider travel insurance to be your muse for more confident travel.
Now that we’ve taken some of the worry out of the equation, let’s take a practice jaunt through some of the world’s most famous, and thus most crowded, museums. Don’t worry, we’ve got tips to help you and your family travel back through time, figuratively speaking, without worrying about present-day distractions.
The Louvre has more than 35,000 works of art, and it draws more visitors each year than any other museum: more than 10 million.1 Caution: in the summer and December, you may face hours-long lines to enter the Louvre, even if you’ve already purchased a ticket.
Some popular museums and tourist destinations may frown upon or outright ban strollers. Other times, pushing your double stroller through busy attractions is akin to playing bumper cars with other parents piloting their own brood. But the Louvre is a stroller-friendly change of pace. Here, you can only use the elevators if you physically need to — and if you have a stroller, you’re on the list. (And the Louvre has some really interesting elevators.) So if you’re on the fence about bringing the stroller or leaving it back at your Airbnb condo, take it with you and thank us later.
With a permanent collection of more than 2 million works of art, The Met is the largest art museum in the United States. It includes three locations in New York City: The original Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, a shrine to modern and contemporary art, and The Met Cloisters in upper Manhattan, which is dedicated to medieval art. Highlights include the Greek and Roman Sculpture Court, the Vermeer collection and the extraordinary Egyptian Temple of Dendur.
What’s your greatest fear about taking your family to visit a museum filled with priceless artifacts and works of art? We’re pretty sure it’s having your toddler hug a 2,000-year-old cherubic sculpture, knocking it over, and being handed a bill with a lot of zeros. If this is your nightmare, head over to Visible Storage, Gallery 775, where protective glass stands between the exhibit and your curious children.3
The collections of the National Palace Museum, saved from the Forbidden Palace in 1931, span more than 8,000 years of Chinese history. The museum's nearly 700,000 pieces include bronzes, ceramics, calligraphy, paintings and sculptures. Expect huge crowds for the most popular pieces, including the whimsical "Jadeite Cabbage" and an extraordinarily detailed boat carved from an olive pit.6
Ok, ok, the National Palace Museum isn’t quite as family-friendly as some other destination museums. But it may mirror your home on some of the more frantic days. That’s because it’s crowded and loud — despite the manifold museum warnings to keep it quiet. Consider getting a tour guide if your traveling pack is old enough to appreciate the finer details of the exhibits.7
Founded in 1753, the British Museum was the world's first national public museum. Among its treasures are the Rosetta Stone, which was the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics, and the Mummy of Katebet.
Bring your children to The British Museum’s hands-on desks to partake in interactive sessions. Participating exhibits (“rooms”) include Collecting the World Gallery, Pre-History and Roman Britain, Money Gallery and The Islamic World Gallery. Check the museum’s schedule for details.
The world’s top museums offer plenty of attractions to justify a jet-setting adventure that can fill multiple days on your itinerary. Pack a family-proof plan — and a travel insurance plan — to ensure visit it’s free and clear of distractions.