Here’s The Interesting Medical Reason You Should Visit Museums When You Travel

The next time you find yourself in a new place, make sure you check out the local museums. As it turns out, a bit of culture is actually good for both your mind and body.

According to Quartz, doctors in Canada are now prescribing free art museum visits to patients. These visits are meant to help treat mental and physical ailments ranging from diabetes to depression.

“There’s more and more scientific proof that art therapy is good for your physical health,” Dr. Hélène Boyer, vice-president of Médecins Francophones du Canada, said in an interview with the Montreal Gazette.

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Scientists have found that checking out a museum can increase the level of helpful hormones in our bodies. This is especially good for individuals who suffer from chronic pain, depression, or diabetes.

Though you don’t have to travel to experience the healing benefits of a good museum trip, it’s a great way to inject your holiday with a bit of wellness.