Museum Mania

Thank you, British Museum, for letting me use this amazing image of the Central Reading Room ... without actually, you know, giving me permission :)

Thank you, British Museum, for letting me use this amazing image of the Central Reading Room … without actually, you know, giving me permission 🙂

The Realist Adjusts the Sails is ultimately an online journal of my various hobbies and projects, and I realized today (March 30) that no online journal of my various hobbies and projects would be complete without a look at the many museums I visit.

I work for a museum, and I believe very strongly in them as centers of history, art, culture, and science.  I believe museums bring a greater sense of these concepts to the public, and I applaud museums for trying to bring these concepts to the public in fresh, exciting, and innovative ways.  Take school.  In class, you read a book, you write a paper, you take a test, and, if you’re lucky, you get to work on some kind of interesting project that makes you think about what you’re studying.  In museums, however, you can explore – see real objects, touch them, try them out, experiment with them, and ultimately, understand how they fit.  In other words, you gain a whole new level of understanding when you visit a museum than you do when you read a book.

Call me an eternal optimist rather than a realist.  But I love museums, and it is this love that prompted me to pursue a career working in one.

It should also be obvious that I love to visit museums as well.  And I wouldn’t be lying or stretching the truth if I said I visit approximately 2 – 3 museums (or exhibits) a month.  It’s definitely a passion that is up there with riding a bike and reading.

So, as of March 30, 2014, The Realist Adjusts the Sails will also chronicle these 2 – 3 museum visits per month via the drop down menu above…

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