There is nothing better than arriving at the museum first thing in the morning, right at 10:00, just as they open. The smell of floor wax still fresh, and the morning sun casting long shadows through the skylights. If you walk purposefully, you just might make it to your destination before anyone else. Empty galleries. It only lasts for a little while, but it is bliss while it does.
My destination last thursday morning: the newly-renovated American Wing at the Met. Quickly through the Medieval galleries, right through Arms and Armor, and there you are. An atrium full of light and sparkling Tiffany mosaics and glass ~ the gateway to three floors of period rooms. One of the best places to get lost for a few hours. The next best thing ~ a series of essays on the decorative arts.