Museums can be intimidating. They often house thousands of works of art and you might only have a few hours to take it all in. Something I like to do is swing by the gift shop first. They almost always sell postcards (or calendars or coffee table books) showcasing what the museum considers to be its most prized possessions. Once I get a “sneak peek” of what’s on exhibit, I can form my plan of attack. Even if I get tired or run out of time, I know I won’t miss the best of the best.
Here’s another tip: Most museums offer at least one free-admission day every month. In fact, some of the world’s largest museums have weekly free or “pay what you wish” days. Take this into account when you’re planning your itinerary (especially if you’re buying tickets for a whole family) since prices can really add up! Of course, these “free” times are likely to be more crowded, but if you’re on a tight budget it may be worth the extra hassle. However, as with visiting churches, it’s always nice to give a small donation if you can afford it.