Good evening, my deer… uhm, sorry, dear Readers! Our one-week project called a tiny museum savoir-vivre is just about to end! Today we’re going to discover the last tip. However, if you feel that there is something important that we didn’t include in our set of suggestions & tips for a thoughtful museum going, let me know! Just leave a comment below, or get in touch with me via Facebook or Twitter!
It’s been a great pleasure to work on the tiny museum savoir-vivre. I hope that you will find it both entertaining and useful! Remember that the most important thing is that you feel comfortable when visiting a museum. Also, try to engage as much as possible during a visit. Check out the interactive elements of an exhibition, take some notes or doodles of anything that attracts your attention, and if you don’t understand something — don’t be afraid to ask questions! This is your time, and your possibility to discover some truly fascinating stories. Enjoy!
And now… for the last tip! Thank you so much, guys, hope to see you around soon!
Toby the Moose
There are more and more interactive & touchable exhibits introduced into museums of every possible kind. It’s a great way of expanding a story behind some interesting objects, as well as simply making the exhibition more entertaining. We highly recommend that you get involved with such interactive elements; if you are invited to touch a particular object, do it! However, there are still many exhibits (especially works of art, or antiquities) which you are not permitted to touch. The process of damaging an object does not necessarily have to be immediate — it’s not only about breaking or scratching an exhibit with a clumsy touch. Just try to imagine: if there are 500 visitors coming to see one particular painting every day, and every one of those visitors would like to touch that painting, what might happen? Sweat, dust, hand cream, a bit of peanut butter from the sandwich someone has just had for lunch — this is what would end up on the surface of that painting every day. Doesn’t sound good, does it?
tip no. 7
Although there are more and more interactive (and touchable) exhibits in museums all over the world, we are still not permitted to touch many objects of artistic or historic value. Therefore, unless you are invited to interact with a particular element of an exhibition — either by museum staff or by a written indication — do not touch museum exhibits. Otherwise, an object which should look like this…
…will end up looking like this: