What better to do on a rainy day than take a few bong rips and head to a local museum? Art, history, culture: They all have added, deeper meaning when you’re stoned.
Most tokers have to make do with what’s available. Even a trip to the local historical society can be fun if you know how to spin it. But some people have it lucky, and for them, here are the 10 best museums to visit while high.
1. Museum of Modern Art, New York City
MoMa boasts arguably the most extensive and important collection of modern art anywhere in the world. From a massive library and architectural works to electronic media and paintings, the museum covers every aspect of modern artistic styles. Also, this is where you can see Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, one of the best and trippiest paintings ever put to canvas.
2. Roswell UFO Museum, Roswell, N.M.
With a collection of spooky items and memorabilia that prove aliens . . . well, actually, this place doesn’t prove anything except that a lot of people are very gullible. But for a fun head-trip while passing through the desert, give the Roswell UFO Museum a try.
3. The Art Institute of Chicago
If you smoke weed, you’ve probably seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and that means you’re probably familiar with the scenes shot inside the Art Institute of Chicago. But there’s so much more to this museum. With masterpieces by Mondrian, Edward Hopper, and Picasso, among many others, there’s no better place to find art – any kind of art – in the Midwest.
4. Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum, Amsterdam
There’s more than one marijuana museum in the world, but the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum is the premier place to learn about the history of weed, its many uses, and its medical properties. Going when you’re not high just doesn’t make any sense.
5. The Louvre, Paris
The Louvre is on the list almost entirely because of the breadth of its collection. It’s simply one of the best art museums on the planet, possibly the best. It’s certainly the most heavily visited. There’s the Venus de Milo, the Mona Lisa, and hundreds of thousands of other artworks on display.
6. Sex Museum, Amsterdam
The Amsterdam Sex Museum, aka the Venus Temple, is the oldest and one of the largest museums dedicated solely to sex. It explores the history of copulation, from Classic Antiquity to the Victorian Era and on to the present day. And there’s a large collection of paintings, cartoons, statues, photos, and recordings – all on the wonders of the nasty.
7. Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.
From Abe Lincoln’s stovepipe hat and the original Star Spangled Banner to Dorothy’s slippers and Archie Bunker’s favorite chair, the National Museum of American History covers every corner of the social, cultural, and political history of the United States.
8. World’s Largest Ball of Twine, Darwin, Minn.
Actually there’s a bigger one in Kansas, but as the locals in Darwin will explain with gusto, that one doesn’t count. It was made by several people, whereas just one crazy bachelor farmer was responsible for the creation of Minnesota’s Ball of Twine. The museum is tiny, just a guy behind a desk and some newspaper articles tacked to the wall. But the twine ball is the real (and only) attraction. So smoke a bowl, celebrate one man’s wasted life, and enjoy the exceptional pie in the café next door.
9. National Museum of Crime & Punishment, Washington, D.C.
Depending on where you live, odds are good your pot habit makes you a criminal of some sort. So where better to go while stoned than the premier museum on crimes and law enforcement? Just don’t take the National Museum of Crime & Punishment, or its emphasis on strict justice, too seriously.
10. Drug Enforcement Administration Museum, Arlington, Va.
Want an even bigger thrill? Get good and baked and head over to the DEA Museum, where you can roar with laughter over their “head shop” exhibit and other anti-marijuana displays. But do yourself a favor and try to be inconspicuous. And definitely don’t carry any weed on you, unless you enjoy testing the limits of irony.