Museums are usually among the top five attractions to visit in most cities. Therefore, if you are out to explore a new city, it is very likely that you will visit a museum whether you interested or not. Most of the time, tourists just walk around museums without really paying much attention. However, museums are the windows to understand human civilization and to marvel at the creative endeavors of human race; not just another photo opportunity. It is easy to fall in love with art and history, if you put in a little effort before and during those visits. Here are some ways to explore museum like an artist or a historian.
Visit the museum website
Museums have special exhibitions or displays during each season. These events mostly would require separate entry fees. Read the list of exhibitions and decide on the ones you would like to visit. These decisions will help you plan your trip according to the time available in your schedule. In addition, this would save you from the agony of making decisions at a moment's notice at the ticket counter, with a long impatient serpentine queue behind you.
Make a list of star attractions
Every museum will have its own set of must-not-miss attractions. Research and find out the star attractions of the institute that you are planning to visit. If the museum has a piece by Pablo Picasso or Vincent van Gogh, you would not want to miss admiring those pieces of art.
Use a museum map
Most museums will be large and have vast collection of items. Having a map to navigate is the best way to make sure that you do not miss any sections. Most museums will have free maps and brochures available at the entrance. Grab one and explore the maze.
Take guided tours
Tour guides are experts in their fields. By taking a guided tour, you will be able to understand more about the displays items, their histories, and relevance. The guides will usually shed new light into the articles on display. In addition, guides may talk about the history and some anecdotes related to an art piece, thus making it even more interesting.
Take audio tours
If you prefer exploring at your own pace, find out if the museum offers free or paid audio tours. Audio tours definitely add value to you visit. Through these recordings will get a chance to list to the curator's insight on the display items.
Keep some buffer time
If you have allotted four hours to cover the complete museum, add an additional two hours to the plan. It is very likely that will find something interesting in the collection that you would like to observe and study, without having to rush through.
Museums have the potential to overload your brain and senses with information. You might come across interesting tidbits of information while you are at a museum. Keep a note handy to jot those points down. It is very likely that you will forget about it once you look start looking around other display items.
Talk to the museum staff
Most of the museums have very friendly staffs. They would be willing to share and discuss the arts on display. Talk to them about your favorite piece and listen to their perspective.
Admire the architecture
Most museums buildings have a history in itself or might be old mansions. It is easy to get lost in collections displayed and ignore the building completely. Look around and admire the architecture of the building, you will be pleasantly surprised at its grandeur and style.
Visit the gallery shop
You might find beautiful, quirky items in these galleries. You could also shop for souvenirs to make your trip memorable. Look out for miniature models of your favorite art piece.
If you take some effort to explore museums, a day at a museum is a day well spent. Museums are places look for inspiration and increase your perspective about the world around you. Learn and have fun.