Beat the winter funk and visit a local museum

Well folks, according to Mr. Groundhog, we still have six more weeks of winter, which means it’s time to find more things to keep us busy!

Museums are a great place to visit in the cold month. With their heated rooms and beautiful pieces of art, you will be toasty and distracted from the freezing temperatures awaiting you just outside the door. Around the Bristol area, there are many museums you can stumble upon, like the Bristol Art Museum, also known as BAM, which is holding a Fiber and Glass exhibit from Feb. 9 to March 25. BAM is a non-profit organization, founded in 1963 by three women from Bristol: Jill Pardee, Margaret Nerone, and Marie Perry. Visit the main galleries at 10 Wardwell Street, located behind the historic house museum, Linden Place, anytime after Feb. 9!

If you have a need for speed, you can go down to the Newport Car Museum and look at the vintage, classic cars they have on display. The private collection of around 50 automobiles focuses on six different decades of modern industrial automotive design and celebrates cars as the works of art they are. From the 1950s to the present, separate exhibits of Ford/Shelby Cars, Corvettes, World Cars, Fin Cars, and Chrysler Mopars have been created to appeal to all visitors. To visit, you can buy tickets online or at the door, and there is a discount for students. The museum opens daily at 10 a.m. and is located at 1847 W Main Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island. On Feb. 14, the museum will be hosting a movie night for the film “Tucker” from 7-10 p.m. for $8.

The Newport Art Museum is another great museum within a stone’s throw that is both quirky and classic, creating a perfect modern and contemporary feel. The current exhibit will run until May 6 and is about the domesticity and identity of home life and the roles women and men play in the household. The Newport Art Museum is located at 76 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island and is open TuesdaySaturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed on Mondays. Students also have a discount here and admission is reasonable for a college student at $6 a ticket.

So, instead of burying yourself in blankets and sinking back into that TV show you can’t stop binge watching, grab a scarf and some friends and head downtown to all the sophisticated and inspirational museums around the area!