One thing I don’t get to do as much as I’d like to do is visit museums. They’re a treasure trove of information, beauty, and knowledge that even though I don’t go as often as I’d like, I’m still quite sad there aren’t even more around me. And the more diverse they come, the better. I know museums aren’t the most popular thing ever in the world anymore, not with such strong tools like the internet and certain television channels that bring all the beauty and history right to the comfort of your home. But I also think that shouldn’t stop anyone from taking a trip out to one.
Just to help convince you, I stitched together a list of benefits one receives from going to visit a museum. I wanted to cover as much as possible. So whether you’re taking kids, a date, your parents or friends or just going alone, museums offer such a wide range of things for people of all ages.
That’s perhaps one of the best things about museums, there’s one for almost everything. And there’s almost always one close to you. They don’t have to be big, fancy museum like a Dali museum, or the Louvre. You probably have one downtown on Main Street, and like most museums.
It goes without saying, but local museums are some of the best places to learn more about your area’s history. Though Wikipedia has its appeal and because the History channel probably won’t touch it, nothing truly beats the idea of being able to first handedly experience the treasures of the past. What better environment could there be to learn of your town’s history than that museum built right there on main street supported and maintained by your local community?
Museums also do a great job of engaging the viewer in ways that increase a person’s likelihood of wanting to learn more. Basically, they’ll make you smarter by providing a more effective way of learning. Visiting a museum could spark an interest in a field of study one might never have appreciated before, whether that’s simply a time period, an idea, or even just an item. For children, it’s a great tool to enhance their own education and knowledge. A lot of museums offer interactive displays that really help people get such a better understanding of the message the exhibit is offering.
Whether the museum you’re at focuses on local history, the Louvre, or museums like Ripley’s Believe It or Not, there’s no end to what knowledge you can discover. They help both you and everyone else understand the past a little bit better, as well as what events might have led to the present as we now know it. Like Wishbone, you could find yourself transported back to the times of knights. Or you could find out how long it would take for that velociraptor to overtake you before making you its next meal.
So there it is: a few brief, but hopefully compelling, benefits that might pique your interest in a visit to museum. They are rich in history, and hold an abundance of educational aid. On top of all that, there’s the simple fact that they just make you feel good. According to a study by Harris Interactive, people tend to enjoy their money more when spent on experiences, rather than material purchases. And really, don’t we all just want to be happier? And what better way to do that than to learn something new?