The Millennial Way to Enjoy a Trip to the Museum

When we think museums, we think of ‘boring’ or are reminded of a time where we were dreading to visit a compulsory field trip in school.

Well, a trip to the museum might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but this activity could actually allow you to spend some quality time with your loved ones. And post trip? Discuss what you’ve seen and bond over your favourite displays and more.

#1 Be open minded

Museums aren’t just all about art and history. There’s actually something for everyone, no matter your interest. Get to see life-like wax figures of your favourite celebrities at Madame Tussauds, or spend some time with lovable felines at a cat museum.

 

There are morbid ones like the Siriraj Medical Museum aka Museum of Death in Thailand, and Museum of Bad Art in Massachusetts. So whether you like fashion, cars (Germany is home to some of the best car museums; think giants like Porche, BMW and Mercedes), food (heard of potato and ramen-themed ones?), animals, or UFOs and vampires, there’s guaranteed to be something you’ll be into.

#2 Plan ahead

Many museums around the world offer free admissions or discounts on selected days. We’d advise you to do some research to save you the hassle and money. But be prepared to spend if you’re looking for limited edition or temporary pop-up exhibits.

Pro tip: Go for museum-athon and opt to get a museum pass which allows you to visit a couple of iconic museums over a few days. For instance, our Four Palace Royal Pass (get yours here) brings you to the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Gardens, Kensington Palace and Banqueting House.

A caveat: You might not be keen to visit all the listed attractions.

#3 Come prepared

Grab some food before arriving and dress comfortably. Wearing your most comfy pair of shoes is key! Ladies, do avoid heels as those can get really uncomfortable and they might also be distracting to other museum-goers.

#4 Express your interest

Don’t be afraid to show your enthusiasm for your favourite collection or exhibit. Take the time to admire the displays that pique your curiosity, read the signs and plaques, and feel free to ask questions. And for those who aren’t fans of the ‘do not touch’ rule, look out for interactive displays for a hands-on experience.

Consider joining a tour or getting an audio guide (look out for free tours) to help you get more in-depth information. If you want some pictures for the ‘gram, quickly snap a few mandatory shots then put your phone away so you can focus on what’s in front of you.

#5 Limit your time there

If you’re determined to finish exploring the entire museum in one go, think again. Researchers have discovered that staying at a museum for a prolonged period of time will cause you to lose interest, causing you to feel distracted and tired easily.

What you should do: Pick specific sections you’d want to go and focus on those first. Still feeling restless? You could take a rest on the benches or drop by a nearby cafe for a quick perk-me-up (besides, indulging on a rest is not time wasted; you are on a holiday, remember?)

#6 Keep a memento

Complete your trip with a souvenir from the gift shop as a little keepsake to remember your trip. It might be pricey, but keep in mind that the profits from most of museum gift shops support a cause.

 

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