What is the fun in going to a museum? Should I go alone or bring my friends? Can a museum be a good place for a date? The answers to these questions is completely up to you and shouldn’t be something you have to ask anyone but yourself because as much as museums are objective and provide you with factual information, the way you react to this information and feel about this information and what you are observing is subjective; it will vary from person to person. That is what I wanted to discuss this week, what museums can do for us; what museums can offer other than information and education on history.
How exactly can the information at museums be objective, but simultaneously cause subjective responses? We all come from different walks of life and have seen different things, which influences what we imagine when we look at artefacts. Someone could look at a uniform of a soldier and think it is sad while someone else can look at it and be taken back to when they were a young man on the battlefield. Someone can look at an old dress and imagine what it must have been like to wear it while someone else can look at it and say, “thank goodness that went out of style!”
That is the beauty of museums. From the outside, they’re just buildings. But from the inside, they’re a source of imagination and emotion; our minds are constantly working while we walk through the galleries. Museums can take you on emotional roller coasters and can be the perfect place to spark conversations about serious subjects that you would otherwise completely disregard. They showcase our strengths as a community and country and perhaps even show us where we need to do better. You’d be surprised what you could find out about yourself while visiting a museum! You think that you are going to discover historical information that you didn’t know about, but really you’ll end up leaving with insight on your own views as well.
This is because museums are more than just history! Many people don’t realize this until they visit a museum themselves. When I first told my friends about my interest in working at the Welland Museum back in 2015, they’re response was normally something encouraging followed by, “That isn’t for me though, I don’t really care for history!” The thing is, you don’t have to in order to be able to enjoy yourself at a museum! Museums bring those “boring” history books you had to read in middle school and high school to life! Just the concept of walking from one gallery to another can be exciting because you don’t know what you’ll see next. So, for all of you who haven’t yet given museums a chance, or if you know someone who hasn’t, please do! There is so much more to them than history. All you need to enjoy yourself is a positive attitude!
The staff at the museum love seeing people come in and take a look! They will also be more than happy to answer your questions! The museum is open Monday to Saturday, from 10 am to 4 pm and 8pm on Thursdays.
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