The author tells that he has never visited a museum before and he was not sure what to expect. The next thing the author noticed was the seemingly heavy security procedures set up at the entrance of the museum which includes even a body scanner and security personnel. The researcher has to admit his naivety had taken the better part of his brain as he had not bothered carrying out research of the place beforehand and what the author was left experiencing by the time he was through with just half of the museum tour can only be compared to culture shock but it was the best tour of his life. With the over 200,000 art pieces and artifacts found in the museum, the author was intrigued most by two paintings. These two paintings were titled: Young Mother in the Grotto and Portrait of Yarrow Mamou. The thing that intrigued the author the most about these pieces of art was not the fact that they had been recently acquired but the in-depth meaning behind them and their significance not only in the researcher's personal life but in the whole of America as well. The piece of Portrait of Yarrow Mamout (Muhammad Yaro) was a painting by Charles Willson Peale of a portrait of a very old man who is African American and a Muslim as well. The man was a slave taken sipped from a West Africa nation but with the abolishment of the slave trade and the emancipation of the blacks, he was released by his owner. This is a clear depiction of the freedom most Americans are enjoying. It should also act as a reminder
of the hard, dark and harsh period the nation and especially the African Americans faced as a result of their rights being denied and hence avoid a repeat of the same. People should, therefore, appreciate the freedom they can now enjoy and for those whose freedom and rights are still forthcoming, they should not lose hope no matter how long it takes, they will also get emancipated one day like the old man in the portrait painting. The next painting of a young mother by Auguste Rodin is not only a clear depiction of the society’s version of gender roles (especially the role of a woman to be a caregiver) but also an evidence of the maternal or eros love provided by a woman and possibly a mother. The woman seems to be shielding and protecting a small child from non-specified elements. This is the kind of maternal love that is everlasting no matter the situation and is a reminder of the importance of the most important thing in a society and that is love. The tour of the museum was one of those unforgettable events for me. It took over four hours uninterrupted to completely tour the inside of the museum with a guide and a group of tourists who also seemed to have the mixed feelings the author was experiencing. The museum is divided into different sections and the author explored them all and by the end of it all, the arching of his feet was the only thing that stopped him from making the tour all over again as the place is addictive with just the first glance at it. One thing for sure is that the researcher will never lack a weekend plan as long as the museum is still there because he will be back until all his curiosity is satisfied.