You can search Google Arts and Culture all day, but it will never be the same as seeing an amazing work of art personally. Looking at the handicraft and experiencing its presence may be an inspiring moment. Viewing work which is outside of our culture makes us think beyond ourselves, just like traveling does.

When you want to visit a new place, you can visit a contemporary art museum. Some of the best institutions put in light a mixture of work that has famous names, but also great makers from around the area. If you decide to visit the MoMA PS1 in Queens, you may find an experimental platform where fresh ideas can flourish.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the western United States. With more than 120,000 objects, it has a collection of modern pieces augmented by the Broad Contemporary Art Museum. This last one opened in 2008 and includes the work of Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Barbara Kruger. The two museums feature art history after World War II.

More ordinarily referred to as the “Whitney,” this institution centers the American art from the 20th and 21st centuries. Their collection features the conventional formats of paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, new media, film and video. One of their most well-known, enduring events is the Whitney Biennial. Every two years, it features a survey of contemporary American art and highlights lesser-known talent.

The architecture of the Guggenheim Bilbao comes before the artworks from inside. The institution is famous for hosting “large-scale, site-specific works” by contemporary artists from around the world. It was created by architect Frank Gehry. One of the most notable showcases featured Richard Serra’s piece named Snake, that was conceived for the inauguration of the museum in 1997. His work was celebrated again in 2005 in The Matter of Time, that showed his “weathered steel” sculptures.