I know, I know. Unfortunately, museums have a reputation of being boring and/or snooty, especially in what I like to call our “SQUIRREL! Era” (in other words, our generation with extremely small attention spans and lack of interest in anything that moves slowly). Museums also get a bad rap for the confusion factor, especially in high-end art museums where you don’treally know what the art is or how to interpret what the artist was trying to portray. But good news for you, I have not one, but TWO solutions to these problems.
This post was inspired by last weekend’s random Valentine’s Day activities that I threw together, including a pit stop at the local Modern Art Museum that we’ve passed by for years. There, I lucked out because it just happened to be an art+poetry exhibition, and if anyone knows me well enough, poems are my thang. This immediately upped my interest.
But on the other hand, Gavin (my boo thang) had the opposite experience. The poetry was conflicting with the art and none of it was making sense. Had he been there without me (who truly enjoys it) or the gallery employee (who explained everything in phenomenal – and surprisingly fascinating – detail), it would have been a bunch of jibberish text and childish paintings, and he would’ve found something else to entertain himself (God forbid).
With that being said, here are my two suggestions to truly appreciate museums of all types. EVEN the “boring, snooty” art museums:
- ASK AN EXPERT!
Asking the workers sitting in the corner of each room of the museum the meaning on something is EXTREMELY beneficial. Some pieces have explanations written, but others are left to you to figure out. Either way, I would ask someone because their expert take on it may change your entire mindset of the piece, the artist and the gallery overall. Also, if they offer an audio tour where you pay a few extra dollars for a headset that explains everything as you go, DO IT. I promise it is worth it!
- PICK A MUSEUM THAT INTERESTS YOU!
Many people have the misconception that museums all revolve around our key classes growing up – art, history and science. NOT TRUE. Although museums in those categories are the some of the best nationally and internationally, that is not all that researchers have to offer! You can find museums based on your interests, economy, heritage, animals and others that you couldn’t even imagine. Below are some examples of museums to consider with links to see more about them!
- Personal Recommendation: Body Worlds Exhibition – Seeing internal organs in athletic positions with effects of smoking, procreating and injury was unbelievable!
- Other Examples: Military Aviation, Galaxy, Natural History, Mathematics
- Personal Recommendation: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (…hehe)
- Other Examples: Gelatos, Hershey Chocolate, Food Anomalies, Instant Ramen (no I’m not kidding)
- Personal Recommendation: Money Museum – I mean… who doesn’t like money.
- Other Examples: Transportation, Electricity
- Personal Recommendation: 9/11 Memorial/Museum – Was one of the hardest things to walk through since I remember it so vividly, but it is beautifully done.
- Other Examples: Holocaust, Civil War, Pearl Harbor
- Personal Recommendation: National Museum of Animals & Society
- Other Examples: Whales, Butterflies , Cheetahs
- Personal Recommendation: Mob Museum – C’mon… you take a few hours off the Las Vegas strip to enjoy some good ‘ol Italian mobsters (or your friends, pretending to be mobsters)
- Other Examples: Mexican Art, Irish Whiskey, German Technology
UNIQUE/RANDOM AS HELL
- Personal Recommendation: Underwater Sculpture Museum – This CAN’T be real life…
- Other Examples: Caves, Toilets, UFOs, Vampires, Enduring Beauty, Condoms, and more!
TO ADD TO YOUR BUCKET LIST: GO TO A MUSEUM THAT ACTUALLY INTERESTS YOU!
You can pretty much google anything and it will come up! And if not… Shark Tank is calling your name. If you have a museum that you love personally, please share it below!!! And with that, we’ll wrap it up with a trip to the condom museum (Pun intended… and yes it’s real. Proof below).