How About We… Go to the Guggenheim and Walk in Circles

 

If you’ve ever been to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, you know the entire museum is one big spiral ramp with art installations along the way.

So I thought my How About We date idea, “How About We Go to the Guggenheim and Walk in Circles,” was pretty darn clever. And wouldn’t you know, a fellow art-lover thought I was pretty darn clever, too.

We met in front of the museum, walked inside, and began our first date. It was great to have a first date that didn’t feel like a cross-table interrogation. It was so much more enjoyable than dinner or drinks. I felt like we were both able to actually be ourselves.

I will admit, however, that the museum date was a bit challenging for this first timer. I wasn’t quite sure when to talk about art, when to talk about myself, when to talk about him, and when to just shut up. And what do I do with my coat?

To save you some of my initial confusion, here are some museum-date rules for all my art-loving daters out there:

• Start small. Go to a museum you can comfortably see in one or two hours. If the museum is bigger than that, opt for exploring one particular exhibit or attraction. • Don’t worry about squeezing in small talk—it’s not going to happen in a museum. If you are really hankering for the deets on his job, childhood, etc, go for a cup of coffee after you’ve finished up at the museum. • Check your coat. You will just feel (and act) awkward carrying it around. • Don’t read every plaque. It might make for a good educational experience, but it doesn’t make for a very interactive date. • Stay with your date (duh!). • Wear comfortable shoes. Hobbling around a museum is not fun—or sexy. • While he might buy your ticket, don't expect him to. Meet outside the museum or in the front entrance to make things easy either way. • Unless you are both really into icky stuff, steer clear of any gory displays like BODIES...The Exhibition.

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