Hello, readers! Let me introduce myself and the Fun Museums project so that we can start dreaming about… not only museums!
So my name is Lana and I am a museum blogger, creative writer, sketch artist, and also… a language enthusiast! After studying communications in heritage and culture, gaining international experience, and developing some goals and missions, I decided to create the Fun Museums blog.
Now I am seeing a lot of increased interest for my blog along with a raised awareness about the power of museums.
14 things to know about Fun Museums
The Power of Museums
1.Museums are for everyone, and so is this blog. It is not a classical travel blog, neither it is a scholar blog. My main goal is to include anyone with a good will to learn, explore, discover.
2.Museums are more powerful than we think. In museums, we can learn and have fun at the same time. We should ask museum workers for more sharing and more knowledge. Museums can show us how to think more globally, sustainably, and how to include anyone interested in the process.
3.Emotions are universal and inevitable. Maybe some stories museums have to interpret are not fun in terms of entertainment (many of them aren’t) however they stand as emotional triggers, thus making museums special and also responsible. On the other hand, learning process makes us more rational, and it is specially important for understanding difficult topics.
4.No museum is better than another museum. When I choose to visit a particular museum, I can’t be sure if I made the best possibile choice. Maybe another museum I didn’t manage to visit is also great. Museums are not competition between each other.
Museums & politics
5.If I chose to visit your museum, and I tagged you on social media, you should give me a favour and say thank you through a post. I made it for free and because I enjoyed the experience. Same for your virtual presence, if I tagged you for having a good virtual museum solution. You should feel happy about people who visit you and say nice words about you.
6.If I criticise a museum, I don’t criticise people who work there. In most cases it’s not their fault, as they do their best. I can criticise mindsets, but it is also never directed to individuals who have that mindset, because having a poor mindset is also likely not their fault.
7.Political correctness. I don’t pretend to know the best balance between extreme political correctness and political incorrectness. My main goals is to say what I feel that needs to be said, or what some other people said and I think it’s worth sharing. Museums cannot be neutral anyway. If you disagree with anything I say, contact me first, and explain why. Don’t tell me “you must be____ because you said___” or something like that, because I will ignore you.
8.I thrive to promote sustainable travel ideas, and hence I bring up unpopular opinions. I also encourage museums addressing that issue. I know you might have traveled around the world thanks to cheap non refundable deals, low budget air tickets, affordable apartments to stay in expensive cities, and maybe some discounted cruise, but I think you should rethink your hunger for cheap global traveling.
Social aspects of museums
9.Local travel and discovery is the thing to do. It seems that too many people procrastinate their decisions to visit museums. Instead of feeling that they can just come to a museum and enjoy, they feel like it requires some preparation. To understand my point better, please check the number 1 again.
10.I will always prefer to talk and write about museums that educate their audience about things that matter. It can be sustainability, inclusion, or any other important topic. Do you have a program for autistic visitors? Yes? Then, I would love to visit you just to see your great work.
11.The idea that museums should be not-for-profit causes misunderstanding. Museums should proactively take care of their own financial vitality. Otherwise, every time a crisis comes (and crisis come so often, gosh!), museums and their workers will be the first to see all their budgets and salaries cut.
12.Museum can have an important role in economic recovery in the times of crisis and especially social recovery, for example after the coronavirus pandemic. It is up to museum workers to be proactive, talk, educate, share.
13. Virtual Museums are a real deal! Follow my guide to virtual museums in the times of social distance during the coronavirus pandemic. I write about museums, both in their physical and virtual aspects.
14. I am a sketch artist. My project called “MySketchedTravels is a part of my slow travel idea. That is because if you travel slowly, you will likely have time to sketch and draw.
That’s it. Happy Fun Museum-ing!