Museum Badges

July 17, 2013


Today is another museum themed day on Twitter, organised by the folks at Culture Themes this time, and the topic is Museum Badges (#MusBadges). As a collector of museum souvenirs, I have quite a few museum badges in my possession, so I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you today.

Badges from Favourite Museums


From left to right:

  • Obviously, my most favourite museum in the world has to be represented among my badge collection. This one is from the National Museum of Scotland’s re-opening celebrations in 2011 after a three year long refurbishment.
  • My favourite museum in Germany, and the inspiration for the Adopt-a-Museum project, is the Deutsches Röntgen Museum in Lennep. These two badges show Mr Röntgen – who discovered Xrays – the the museum’s trademark X.
  • I don’t actually have a badge from my favourite museum in Washington, D.C. – the National Postal Museum – but another one of my favourites in D.C. is the International Spy Museum. I couldn’t resist this awesome badge.

DIY Museum Badges


 From left to right:

  • I made this badge at the celebration weekend held at the National Museum of Scotland in 2008 before it closed for a three year refurbishment (kind of the counter piece to the badge above from the re-opening).
  • This badge spells ‘Jenni’ in runic letters. I made it at the National Museum of Scotland’s ‘Night of the Vikings’ event in February 2013.
  • The Museum für Naturkunde (Natural History Museum) in Berlin always has a great programme at the Lange Nacht der Museen (Long Night of Museums). At the winter night in 2012, they had an activity to make scientific sounding name badges with Latin inscriptions. Mine translates as ‘Museum Fox’ (Fuchs being the German for fox).

Museum Badges with Special Memories


From left to right:

  • My first ever visit to London was in 1996, on a family holiday. Amongst other things we visited the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Happy memories.
  • I studied Museum Studies at the University of Leicester in 2002-03. Our first class trip was to London, where I got this badge at the V&A as a memento.
  • One of the first museums I ever visited in Berlin was the Currywurstmuseum, on my birthday just after we had moved here. One of my favourite birthday memories.

Museum Badges with some Favourite Motifs


  • I love this cute crocodile on the Roald Dahl Museum badge.
  • Queen Nefertiti, on exhibit at the Neues Museum in Berlin, looks a little less funky in real life. Both the bust itself and the badge are awesome, I think.
  • Mr Potato Head! Love this little guy. I voted for him in the Indianapolis Childrens Museum’s ‘100 Toys’ campaign. A year later this little badge fluttered in to my mailbox, thanks to Lori.

You can find many more museum badges and other museum souvenirs in the online Museum of Museum Souvenirs, one of our Museum140 projects. You can also submit photographs of your own museum souvenirs to add to the collection.

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