Rooms With a View: Four Museums to Sketch

Meet our Sketchbook Bag. In structured yet supple pebbled leather, it’s the right-sized bag that takes you from morning to night. We like to think it’s just the sort of satchel that, say, an artist might use to stash a notebook and pencils, or even an iPad. Inspired to do some sketching of your own? Here, four places that might get you on your way.

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The Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing 

Sure, it’s got one of the best collections of modern art in the world, and the 60-foot floor-to-ceiling windows look out to Lake Michigan and Millennium Park, two of the most iconic views in the Windy City. But the building’s façade is also a must-see: the sharp angles and parallel lines are worth capturing on their own.

Musée d’Orsay, Paris 

The steps of the historic train-station-turned-museum offer unobstructed views of the picturesque Seine. Once inside, you get to revel in one of the largest collections of impressionist and postimpressionist masterpieces in the world. Major Beauty.

The Sketching Gallery at Getty Center, Los Angeles

You could find inspiration anywhere on the lush cliffside campus overlooking the Pacific Palisades, but the enclosed Sketching Gallery was designed with drawing in mind: quiet, always well lit and filled with easels, outlets for the digitally inclined and vibrant oil paintings to get you in the mood.

The Sculpture Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Home to approximately 22,000 objects, the V&A’s galleries house the world’s most comprehensive European sculpture collection (think stunning life-size human shapes and smaller busts, masterpieces all). Thanks to the sprawling rooms and wide halls, you needn’t worry about bumping elbows with fellow sketchers.