Looking for the latest news and updates about museums and monuments from around the world? Check here for reviews, previews, and thoughts about openings, new exhibitions, and other museums and monuments off the beaten path from around the world, from Rome to Rio. Frequent travelers should also check back for insider city guides and tips for visiting museums, galleries, and monuments in over 40 cities, put together by local art historians, curators, and artists, as well as Context staff. From ancient statues to contemporary art galleries, we provide an intellectually curious take on museums and monuments across the globe—or in your home city.

The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and culture that makes these cultural capitals amazing. In other words, to travel deeper. Deep travel helps build cultural bridges that foster tolerance and understanding. But it doesn’t just change travelers. It changes places, too. Deep Travel connects locals with smart, curious outsiders, making the world a little smaller and a little more connected.

What to Do in Florence: 5 Offbeat Sites and Museums

While millions of visits flock to tour the Uffizi Galleries or peer at Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia, Florence hosts a wealth of sites and museums, some more off-beat than others. Whether for the repeat visitor who wants to try something new or a discerning newcomer looking to move away from the pack, here are our top five suggestions of off-beat sites and museums to visit in Florence.

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500 Years of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, A Chat with Frank Dabell

As 2012 approaches we have begun to think about what great anniversaries would be taking place and none jumped out more than the 500th anniversary of the completion of the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Michelangelo’s masterpiece has captivated both scholars and travelers for centuries, so it seemed fitting to sit down and have a chat with art historian and long time Context docent Frank Dabell about the artist and his work.

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