The Mona Lisa is a key part of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code.

Travel Tips & Themes: Libraries, Memorials, Museums, and More

Perhaps it’s because I was raised by an artist and educator who dragged me to every art museum in Europe as a child. Or maybe it’s because I want to be a storyteller on Drunk History. Either way, I love immersing myself in the history of the places I visit. So libraries, memorials, museums, and other cultural and historical experiences are always at the top of my travel itinerary.

Art Museums

Dale Chihuly incorporated his glass art sculptures into the gardens of the Biltmore Estate
World renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly is one of my favorite artists. While I enjoy seeing his work on display at museums, I really love his installations that incorporate his colorful glass art into historic sites and art museums.

History Museums and Historical Sites

The menacing wall that once divided Germany into east and west is now the world’s longest open-air art gallery.
The menacing wall that once divided Germany into east and west is now a historical site that is the world’s longest open-air art gallery.

Libraries

Memorials and Monuments

12 Graves to Visit in Arlington National Cemetery After You've Paid Respect to JFK
The final resting place of President Kennedy and the Tomb of the Unknowns, more than three million people visit Arlington National Cemetery annually.

Presidential Museums

Regardless of their party, politics, or policies, visiting all of the Presidential Libraries is on my Travel Bucket List.
Regardless of their party, politics, or policies, visiting all of the Presidential Libraries is on my Travel Bucket List.

Other Museums and Experiences

With more than 20 museums, galleries, and gardens (including a zoo), the Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum complex.x.
With more than 20 museums, galleries, and gardens (including a zoo), the Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum complex.

Special Exhibits