Welcome to the Fun Museums, a creative studio for heritage interpretation and a network of people passionate about museums, culture, and sustainable travel.
A word from the Founder
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.
Fun Museums may not be your typical blog for culture or heritage, as it focuses mainly on experiences rather than content itself. Therefore my goal is to make the stories highly informative and educational, and to leverage the data, making it as visitor friendly as possible. Once my readers visit a particular museum, they will easily learn more from what curators and other professionals prepared for them.
Additionally, sustainability is the focus topic. Hence I am inviting my readers to join the research about sustainable travel. As a result, we will all have new products for a sustainable future of traveling.
14 things to know about Fun Museums
The Power of Museums
1.Museums are for everyone, and so is this platform. Fun Museums is a blog, a collection of authors, and a creative platform. 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 need to 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 present us 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. Obviously it is not mandatory, but it is seen as a small act of kindness.
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, but the general social climate. In fact, most of this criticism occurs in opinion or personal stories article from me or guest writers, and this kind of articles are intended to be taken lightly.
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 to address 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 in their closets surroundings. 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.
My work at Fun Museums
13. Virtual Museums are a real deal! Fun Museums is a kind of a virtual collection of inspiring stories.
14. I am a visual artist, as I make pencil and pen drawing along with watercolours. Some publishing projects are coming soon.
That’s it. Happy Fun Museum-ing!