Museums from the Heart

October 10, 2012

Scotland

As I mentioned at the weekend, I’ve signed up for a blogging bootcamp and one of our exercises for this week is to blog about something from the heart. Well, no prizes for guessing for what I’ve chosen. Yes, of course, it’s museums!

Only recently someone on Twitter said to me, “Wow, your entire blog is about museums. Do you ever get bored of them?”. And it’s not the first time I’ve heard comments like that. But you wouldn’t say to a fashion blogger “Wow, your entire blog is about fashion. Don’t you ever get bored of clothes?”, so what’s different about museums? I’d say about 80% of my blog is reviews and photo galleries of museums I’ve visited around the world, so in a way it’s a bit like a travel blog, but no one ever says to a travel blogger “Don’t you ever get bored of travelling?”. It’s the museum bit people can’t seem to get their head around. They can’t conceive why someone would want to dedicate an entire blog to the subject matter. Is it because people still have these preconceived ideas that museums are boring places full of dusty old stuff? Well, they’d be wrong! Okay, perhaps some museums are dusty and boring, but there’s a museum for almost everything these days, and they come in all shapes and sizes. They range from small one room displays, to opulent buildings full of treasures, from the uniquely bizarre to the unbelievably astounding. I have to admit, I’m fairly open minded as to what I’ll accept as a museum. I’ve seen everything from museums on parasites, phalluses and sausages, to mummies of Egyptian pharaohs and the world’s tallest mounted dinosaur skeleton. These days you can look up almost anything on the internet, with the world at your fingertips, but in a museum you can see all those things you’ve only ever read about for real. Or discover new subject matters you never even knew you were interested in.

So to answer the question, no, I’m not bored of museums yet. How could you be?

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14 Responses to “Museums from the Heart”

  1. Charly Says:

    I do love going to museums especially in places I am on holiday. Although now I am no longer living in Amsterdam I intend to visit quite a few museums over there, while in the past I always said that I could fill my time with something better to do.
    They are inspiring and amazing, the history behind something, or the thought behind something is so nice to learn.
    My favourite museum must be the Amsterdam one, where you can find out how Amsterdam has been built up in the past and transformed into the here and now.

    I don’t think I’ve ever came across a museum blog before, so it is quite refreshing to read away from all the crafty stuff.

    Charly (BYW)

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    • jennifuchs Says:

      Hi Charly, thanks for visiting Museum Diary. I’ve never visited any Dutch museums except for the small one at Schiphol airport. I really want to visit Amsterdam one day, and when I do I will look up your recommendation :-)

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      • Andrea Says:

        I’ve had my eye on your blog and topic since seeing it in the forums on BYW. I’m just starting up a blog and my focus is librarianship – being a librarian in the digital age when real, 3 dimensional buildings called libraries are disappearing in favor of the internet. I really like your point about the difference between looking something up online and actually standing in front of it. I think each offers something the other can’t come close to, which is what makes it interesting!

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        • jennifuchs Says:

          I love the idea of a blog focused on libraries. I’m a big fan of libraries. Occassionally I’ve written posts on libraries too. I will definitely follow the progress of your blog :-)

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  2. Annetta Bosakova Says:

    That’s a beautiful post! I think you answered it very well and I really enjoyed reading about your view on museums, which I have to agree with you. How could you get bored when there’s so much to them?

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  3. Sarah York Says:

    Lovely post, and your response to why you love museums and blog about them is great. So true! Plus, I am amazed by the sheer number of museums around the world. Everywhere you go there are so many and I never have enough time to go to all the ones I would like to go to! What is your favorite museum you’ve ever been to, or have been to recently?

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    • jennifuchs Says:

      Thank you Sarah :-) My most favourite museum in the world ever is the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. I was lucky enough to work there for almost 8 years. It was a dream come true!

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  4. janie Says:

    Love your post! I live in Amsterdam and love our museums, in particular the art museums. I own a museum card (for 45 euros a year you get free access to most of the museums throughout the country) and visit museums regularly. Also abroad. Just yesterday I’ve been to Haarlem, a city close to Amsterdam, to see the wonderful exhibition on Dutch painter Cornelis van Haarlem at the Frans Hals museum. Art always makes me happy and the best place to absorb art is the museum. So I am happy to have come across your blog. I also run an art blog (under a pseudonym) with daily paintings.

    http://oneyearonepaintingaday.blogspot.nl/

    Janie from BYW

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    • jennifuchs Says:

      Thank you Janie, and thanks for visiting. I’ve never visited any Dutch museums before, except for the small one at Schiphol airport. Amsterdam is on my list of places I really want to visit. By the way, I love the idea for your art a day blog, awesome!

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  5. Lisa Says:

    Hi…you have just visited me on my blog so I thought I would return the favour. I love this post…You are so passionate about your blog and it shows. I have been to Scotland (Edinburgh ) a few years ago-I wish I had your blog then! Enjoy BYW…xlisa

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  6. Renata Teixeira Says:

    I just came back from a 3 days museum marathon and no, I wasn’t tired of museums at all. Physically and mentally exhausted? Oh yeah!

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