What is the first thought that comes to your mind when I mention the word “museum”?
Hold that thought.
I don’t know about you but most teenagers don’t really fancy museums. I know I did not particularly fancy it myself when I was younger. It isn’t exactly a place a 15 year old would think of visiting in their spare time. Museums are often thought to be “boring” and they even remind some of us of school (because we’ve taken a trip to the museum through school for instance). Who wants to be reminded of that one project you had to do based on your trip to the museum, the very project you procrastinated on and ended up doing the night before? No one does.
Like most 15 year olds, I (now an adult, but mind you, still a child at heart) do not go to museums on a regular basis let alone actually think of museums in the first place. Don’t get me wrong, it is not because I hate museums. In all honesty, I have not been to too many to have such a strong opinion on them. Luckily for me, I found myself in New York City for a few weeks this summer and guess what? New York City is home to 113 museums. Visiting each museum seemed impossible (although some people have tried it, read about it here) so I started with New York City’s most popular museum, MET: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
A quick profile
Name & Website: Metropolitan Museum of Art (http://www.metmuseum.org)
Visitors per year: More than 6 million
Location: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, United States
Hours: Sunday : Thursday, 10 am-5 pm | Friday and Saturday, 10 am-9 pm
Fun fact: MET features over 5000 years of art from every corner of the world!
♡ Come explore with me and get a glimpse of MET . . .
MET is huge! There were SO many things to see at the museum, I was not able to see everything but hey, who says you have to see everything? Below are the top 3 things I learnt from my trip to the MET museum.
Lesson #1: You can be selective. When it comes to museums, you don’t have to look at EVERYTHING.
My advice to you: Don’t follow the crowd, go and explore for yourself! Carry a map of the museum with you and see what interests you. Go see those sections first! After you see the sections that interest you, you can continue to explore the museum and check out the other sections. I would recommend you do this especially in large museums such as MET.
There were lots of exhibitions happening whilst I was at the museum, I knew I would not be able to see all of them so I looked at what was happening around me. Instantly, the Manus x Machina, Fashion in an Age of Technology exhibition grasped my attention. It was such an amazing exhibition, I loved seeing the different types of designs, from elegant long dresses to breathtaking and some over the top ones. If you love fashion, you don’t want to miss out on this exhibition! This exhibition will be on until September 5, 2016.
You can find out about all the exhibitions here.
Lesson #2: Museums are NOT boring. It’s all about your perspective!
My advice to you: Next time you walk by something you really like, whether it be a painting or a sculpture – take some time to learn about it. Just stand before it and read about it at the museum or note down the name of what is before you and inquire about it afterwards. Why do this? Because this will give you some context behind what is before you and it will allow you to appreciate the history, idea, influences and more behind it.
Lesson #3: Museums are one of the best places to take ARSTY pictures! C’mmon now, who does not like artsy pictures?
My advice to you: Take your camera with you and take pictures of the amazing things around you. While taking photos may be allowed, be mindful that most museums do not allow you to take videos inside. Find out whether or not you can take videos at the museum you visit. Although MET did not allow videos to be taken inside the museum, there were a few rebels doing it anyway. Flash on the other hand is not to be used at any time. While I was at the museum, someone used flash as they were taking a picture and a staff at the museum called the individual out on it immediately. To avoid getting called out, take your artsy pictures without flash. Simple!
Upon exploring the museum, I think I have developed a liking for museums. I now want to explore more museums around me and I hope you too will give museums a second chance if you think they are “boring”.
Share your thought: How do you honestly feel about museums?