Museum Matchmaking

Photo by via Flickr.

Photo by via Flickr.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are probably aware that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. If you’re still wondering where to take your long-time love or new romantic interest, might we suggest skipping the fancy restaurant and heading to your local museum instead? Even if you’re single, museums around the world are offering up unique and fun ways to couple up this Valentine’s Day. Here are five examples…

1) Find Your Fish in the Sea at the London AquariumWhat goes better than a free glass of prosecco and some cute penguins? Well, perhaps a free bottle of prosecco, but that’s just being greedy. Anyway, fly solo or grab a friend and head to the London Aquarium tomorrow night for some food, drinks, and sea life. While the marine blue lighting from the habitats may not be as soft as candlelight, you might still find love alongside the jellyfish.

2) Getting Naked at the Getty
Watson Adventures is a company that provides fun and challenging scavenger hunts at museums across the country—I know because I’ve hosted a few of them myself. This weekend, build a team of up to six people—call it a triple date if you want—and head to the Getty Museum for a Nude Scavenger Hunt. Don’t worry, you can keep your clothes on, only the paintings will be naked. Not in L.A.? No worries, Nude Scavenger Hunts are also happening at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Met in New York, San Francisco’s Legion of Honor Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and at the American Art Museum and National Gallery in Washington D.C.

3) Meet Your Missed Connections at the Museum of Transport
There you are on the New York Subway, biding your time on your morning commute, when suddenly your soul mate appears. Too bad they exit at the next stop and you are just another missed connection in the big city. Well, the Museum of Transport is making an effort to reconnect you this Valentine’s Day at their Missed Connections Party in Brooklyn.

4) Let Your iPhone Be Your Guide
Want to keep things simple between you and your sweetheart? Why not download the Art Institute of Chicago’s free iPhone app and let custom theme tours like “Loves Me/Loves Me Not” or “First Date” guide you through the museum’s more romantic paintings?

5) Study the Science of Attraction at the California Academy of Sciences
Valentine’s Day just happens to coincide with San Francisco Beer Week this year, so some of the best Bay Area microbreweries will be providing the refreshments at the California Academy of Sciences’ Valentine’s event tonight. Also on tap? The museum will be exploring the science of cravings, so between crafts and cups of beer you can learn about animal or celestial attraction, try out some beer and chocolate pairings, and even hear some scientific love stories.

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