Upon reflection for the question above, I will start with my earliest experience. As a young child growing up in Germany, my first experiences revolved around weekly outings with family members to all sorts of places in particular museums and zoos. Walking and taking trains were common place for our family outings. My uncle would take me to areas in the museum that a child would be interested in. He loved answering my questions.
After moving stateside, my family and I had the opportunity to visit additional museums in New York and Washington D.C. My idea of a museum has not changed from a child to an adult. It is a place of wonder that evokes questions about broad topics, as well as the creation of how ideas began and physically take shape. These physical artifacts and their displays create a window into a unique time and place. Museums provide an environment that entices all who enters its doors. Museums are educational, exploratory, applied, creative, and offer thought provoking environments to all, no matter your age.
As an adult, I had the opportunity to visit the Milwaukee Public Museum of Natural History in Wisconsin with my own children. I took photos of my tour. Maybe, I will be able to find them and share with the class my trip from years ago. The museum had a huge Native American exhibit, as well as wildlife exhibits. The displays were detailed and life like. The attention to details were amazing, right down to the feathers on the ducks and pheasants.
Upon a military move, we ended up in southern California. I’ve had numerous opportunities to explore different museums. I have visited Getty Center museum and their gardens as part of a class field trip in college. I’ve visited the Riverside Art museum numerous times. The Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens were overwhelming. In one room that was on display, tapestries hung from the walls and the furniture was vibrant with colors of red and gold. This display depicted a castle’s furnishings. I learned that carpet was placed on the walls to keep the rooms warms and to add decorations as well. I remember my thoughts upon viewing this display. I could not believe that people lived so well and had quality furnishings during this particular time period. Huge museums can take all day or numerous visits. Each time you visit a museum, you will inevitably find something new that wasn’t seen before. One year, I did miss the exhibit from Egypt of the mummies at the Natural History Museum. It is a beautiful museum that has hands on applied and/or interactive activities for all ages.
I often helped with displays at our campus in southern California. My Anthropology Professor was setting up a display for the Day of the Dead, which is celebrated in Mexico. Our department had no shortage of people viewing our displays. People flock to see our campus exhibits. I’ve seen so many museums, each always leaves me with many memories. It’s funny, I remember several people that were on dates. They told me that the museum is a great place to take a date. They were older people but enjoyed their time in the museum. Our exhibits evoke discussions and a sincere interest in cultures around the world.
Question: What museum would you like to visit and why?