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This page belongs to museums.

On the picture above: Museu Nacional Machado de Castro, Coimbra, Portugal

Your possible question: Is this a painting or a photograph, or maybe, a view through the window?

My simple answer: It’s a photo because it’s published on a webpage.

My long answer: It’s the real view. A real-life oil painting of a skyline. (hahaha) In this museum, you can feel like you are observing that painting.

A heritage and culture travel blog.

This is a heritage and culture travel blog. An opinion hub for museums, culture, and heritage. This blog is inspirational. Above all, as I said, it belongs to museums.

Museums are a lot of things. As I say, there are no two things that have nothing to do with each other. Is there any correlation between a startup event and a museum exhibition? It’s possible. What does a traditional folklore club have to to with a group of contemporary artists? Probably, at least one of these artists got inspired by that traditional folklore club. Never underrate that inspiration thing.

Some museums are big and have hundreds of thousands of pieces. Some museums are contemporary. Some museums are about science, othersĀ are about art. There are museums about specific people. Some museums tell a story of a particular institution – a university or a national park.

All of them are museums. All of them will be interesting to someone. So let’s start discovering museums. What kind of museums do you like? Answer in the comments section of this page šŸ˜‰

My name is Lana.

Fun Museums Blog

On the picture: Me in Dubrovnik, Croatia, during the Best in Heritage 2017 conference.

Croatia is my country. So far I have visited over 20 other countries. 20 something… and counting. I love to travel and meet different people. Museums are a part of that big picture.

Do you agree that people deserve to have fun, and eventually, be happy?

If your answer is yes, you should really check how I think that museums are changing the world! If you feel like relaxing instead, try getting some inspiration for your next trip. Nature can be amazing so don’t forget that it’s is our main Museum of Beauty. For quick insights, follow my Instagram account and discover the human-nature interaction and obviously the art-nature interaction.

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One the picture:Ā “Work done without passion cannot be a good work.” Me in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, during the Global Village Summer program, July 2016

Let’s go back to the museums. I’m a proud member of the Global Village Network, an alumni club named after the summer program organized by the Lehigh University that I attended. This is one of the world’s finest multicultural business alumni clubs if not absolutely the finest.

While attending this program, I got 87 brothers and sisters from all over the world. How did they call me?

The Museum Queen, can you imagine that?

Honestly, I love to tell stories. Museums are full of stories. First, museums may contain select stories that otherwise would be difficult to find. Second, museums do include different people and ideas. There is a variety of museum types – art museums, science museums, etc. etc. There is something for every person on the planet, to visit, or to participate.

I kindly guarantee you, my reader, that I will find a perfect museum for you, on a place you are visiting, that fits exactly in your most accentuated passions. I might not have visited this museum, but I will easily find what it is all about and if it’s worth visiting.

Don’t forget, this blog is a crowdsourcing project, so you are all welcome to apply and contribute. If you are from a museum, feel free to submit your information, after you read our terms & conditions.

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On the picture: A Roman Empire Summer Party, on the original archaeological site in Omisalj, Croatia. July 2015.

A joy of discovery & #myfundiscoveries

There is always something beautiful in discovery. People are curious beings by nature.

Don’t forget, I’m not a native English speaker. My grammar might be incorrect, although I check it, and use certain tools that help me. You are free to correct me, in a private message. Please use public comments only for your expressions, experiences or questions.

If you find your joy of discovery in any of this blog’s contentsĀ and want to use one of my pictures or quote my texts, it’s perfectly fine, as long as you credit the content to come from the Fun Museums blog, or specify the author (me or a guest).

How didĀ I start?

I can describe myself as some mix between a serious, professional business lady and a childish adventurer. I didn’t become a traveler from one day to another. I was raised to be a traveler. In 2007, at age 18, I went to Paris with my family and I visited 6 museums in one single day, so I completed a big picture about all the human history – from the pre-history to the contemporary ages, as I visited the Crypt below the Notre Dame, the Musee Cluny, the Louvre, the Versailles, the Musee d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, the Musee Picasso, among a few other places.

But, I’m also interested in the future.

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On the picture: A pannel discussion about Future Societies – Learning inside and outside the classroom – Web Summit 2017, Lisbon, Portugal

Inside the classroom. Ok.

Outside the classroom? Where? In a museum? Definitely.

Professionally, I’m involved in an idea of spreading the concept of learning and schooling. I think learning should be fun. So should be museums. Museums are fun already, I mean. They just need to show their fun side. That’s the reason why I started this blog.

What if a museum covers topics that are not that fun?

Poverty, disabilities, war, violence, you name it. Almost every museum at some point deals with difficult topics. Are these topics eligible to be published on this blog? Definitely!

But how, if the museum is called Fun Museums?

Simply because, in every case, these are stories about people. People who may have suffered, but still, they need positivity and fun. They deserve it. They deserve to continue living. People who have memories of losing their loved ones, they have a right to continue living. I’m just dedicated to adapt my way of writing to a certain occasion.

Some topics are also sensitive, or ambivalent. When writing about anything, I have no intention to be one-sided or biased. If a reader sees something problematic in my writing or reporting, he or she is welcome to contact me to lana[at]funmuseums[dot]eu.

Lana from Fun Museums, travelling in Lapland

On the picture:Ā Discovering traditions and culture of the Sami people in Inari, Lapland, (Finland), DecemberĀ 2015. An example of a broad culture traveling.

 

Interested in some of my topics for professional reasons?

If you find anything that might be useful for your personal or professional development that I can provide you or if you have any interest to collaborate, please check the work with me section and find what I can do for you. If you become my client, you will get a VIP status in any of my projects.

Now, time to start. Check some of my post series:

Snowfall in Lapland, Finland

6 Amazing Discoveries in Finland

The post series about my trip to Finland is rather a story about nature than about museums. However, each amazing discovery is related to a museum. I went on this trip in December 2015 during the polar night so I have described how I was feeling these moments.

 

Reconstruction - how could European prehistoric clothes look like?

7 Untold Stories from European Archaeology

The collection of stories about the European prehistoric metropolis Vučedol, a site situated on the east of Croatia, is full of surprises. This is a place to visit during a Central European trip, or while exploring the Balkans.