Have you ever wondered what are the key components of an exhibition? And how can we tell if a particular exhibition is actually a good one? My idea of what an exhibition consists of changed substantially when I began working as a Museum Assistant myself. Up to then I would probably notice that a picture is crooked, the light reflects badly in a varnished surface of a painting, but not really more than that. Today I’d like to present you with my personal list of 5 things that make a good exhibition. Let’s begin, shall we?
The title of today’s post may sound a bit ironic — as you can see, I’ve been away for almost two months, and believe me, the last thing I could think of a couple of days ago, was the excessive amount of free time! However, as I have just come back to Barcelona, I’d like to share with you my ideas for creative use of your free time. Ready? Let’s go!
Museum Assistant (and her Companion) has just returned from a short trip to Madrid, and is ready to tell you a bit about what did she manage to see there in just two days! Madrid is a huge city, but once you find an accommodation in the very city center (like we did), you are able to squeeze a lot into your visiting plan, even if you have just a couple of days. We arrived in Madrid late in the afternoon on Saturday, on Tuesday morning we headed for beautiful Toledo to spend a couple of hours there, and returned to Madrid in order to catch a bus back to Barcelona. So, as you can see, we had actually just two days to enjoy all that Madrid has to offer.
Hello everyone! As you have probably realized, since the Little Mooseum museum savoir-vivre series was completed it has been a bit quiet on the blog, but those who may have assumed that the Museum Assistant is on vacation couldn’t have been more mistaken! Last week I took an intense, 4-day museology course organized by a Barcelona-based association called Arte Sostenible. Simultaneously, I am taking a few online courses via the coursera.org platform — one focused on photography, another one on some ideas from the history of graphic design. I’d like to tell you all about it in a separate post, as I am writing this very one just to announce some exciting news. The Museum Assistant is going to Madrid with an intention to do some serious museum visiting! The key points of my visit to Madrid will be Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Reina Sofía, but I would be very happy to squeeze in a couple of other places, as well as to go to the nearby town of Toledo. So, my dear Readers, stay tuned to hear from me during my short stay in Madrid! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter!
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
Hey, everyone! We’re almost at the end of our one-week project called a tiny museum savoir-vivre! I feel like we’ve learned a lot together. We already know how important it is to not interrupt other visitors, we know that we shouldn’t eat inside the exhibition room (even if we are really, really hungry), neither should we answer phone calls there. If we want to take a photo we have to make sure that the flash is switched off, and if we need to step back a little in order to see a huge object properly, we should be careful not to bump into somebody / something that may be located behind us. To some of you today’s tip may seem a bit funny, but I must tell you that sometimes I really have to repeat it in my mind…
My beloved Readers! When you’ll see the next tip from our tiny museum savoir-vivre, I guess that many of you may think: “Nah! Tale as old as time, everybody knows that!”. Good for you, guys! But believe me: every time I visit a museum, I can see that it still is a huge problem. I’m talking about taking photos with flash.
Hi there, welcome to the Little Mooseum on this beautiful Sunday afternoon! What have you been up to today? Did you go for a bike ride out of town? Did you watch a movie? Or maybe… you decided to visit a museum? I must confess that my Sunday has been pretty tranquil and easy so far. I went to a flea market to check out some second-hand books and CDs, then I had a quick lunch followed by a large piece of sponge cake with raspberries and ice cream. Finally, after a short nap, I decided that it’s probably a good moment to show you the next part of our tiny museum savoir-vivre, which we have been working on together for four days already! We’re doing great, don’t you think? Here you can take a look at the previous tips: the first, the second, and the third one. Enjoy! And have an amoosing…erm… amusing Sunday evening!
Toby the Moose
Hi there! I’m so excited that our tiny museum savoir-vivre is getting bigger and bigger every day! It’s time for the third tip. Don’t forget to check out the previous ones here and here. Enjoy!
Toby the Moose