Today is International Museum Day and although I unfortunately will not be spending the day perusing museums, I am still paying homage to the incredible world of museums.
Each year, the International Council of Museums picks a theme to raise awareness about a certain topic.
2016’s International Museum Day theme is Museums and Cultural Landscapes. Accompanying this year’s theme is the following objective:
“Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.”
I wholeheartedly believe with the above statement. As you can see from my previous posts, museums are one of my favorite things. They are such a beautiful look into cultures, times, places, ideas, and so much more. Someday I hope to plan a museum tour where I will travel the globe solely to visit museums.
My favorite museum will always be the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC but I have been lucky enough to visit a number of other museums that almost made me reconsider the #1 spot.
The Natural History Museum in London is one such museum. This place was so incredible. I won’t go into too much detail here – you can read more about my visit on my post dedicated entirely to the museum here.
My love for museums is so great because they allow me to fully immerse myself in time travel. I truly feel as if I am stepping into another life when in a museum. Seeing what is considered beautiful through another person and time’s eyes; seeing what things were vital to the survival of a culture or people; seeing what things led to downfall; seeing the dedication put forward to create something grand; what you gain from what you see is something I don’t think I have experienced anywhere else. A trip to a museum is a step outside of myself and into the lives of fascinating people.
Museums have challenged me to look at things not only because they are aesthetically pleasing, but because they have some bigger cultural meaning. I want to know why things were a certain way and what effect that had.
I’m not going to pretend even for a moment to know everything about the countries and works represented in the museums I’ve visited, but I do know that I have a much deeper appreciation of my own for them, on both an individual level as well as on a global scale.
Each museum holds pieces of the puzzle that make up the world of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Together, those pieces make up a 360-degree view of the world.
And how wonderfully incredible is that?