And it was as advertised! We were totally blown away when we got there. Not only was the design of the museum absolutely gorgeous, we arrived on the next-to-last day of an exhibition of ancient bronze castings from the Shanghai Museum. Unfortunately photography wasn't allowed so I can't show you some of the amazing pieces in the exhibit. However, the abstract paintings from the National Gallery in DC was just as fantastic...and they did allow photography.
One of the centerpieces of the new museum is the 1-acre reflecting pool designed by Reed Hilderbrand which really seemed to be a focal point for everybody...maybe it was because the day turned out great and people were outside enjoying the area.
By the time we finished three special exhibitions and took a quick tour through many of the other galleries, my head was spinning. Mark was totally blown away by their collection of Winslow Homers, George Inness, Remington....not to mention the French Impressionist and tons of others. Definitely need to go back just to see the permanent collection. Oh, I almost forgot we did go to a separate museum building on the property called the Lunder Center at Stone Hill which had a special sculpture exhibition called Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith...amazing.
Finally we took a break for lunch and had a picnic overlooking the hills....we walked one of the trials part of way up to another museum building and along the way had four species of butterflies, even though it was very windy. Besides the Clouded Sulphur below we had a few Monarchs, many Cabbage Whites and a few Common Ringlets.