Confession time: I’m not a museum person.
Something about wandering around a building full of stuff just doesn’t get my travel senses tingling. They’re generally too crowded. Art doesn’t make any sense to me. And they’re just not entertaining. Give me 1 hour max at a museum and I have reached my limit.
The problem with not being all that into museums is that they’re EVERYWHERE! Want to visit Paris? You can’t miss the Louvre. Rome? Gotta get to the Vatican Museum! New York City? Museum of Natural History. Museums are just such a big part of travel. There is practically no escaping them.
So: here is my guide for [attempting to] enjoy museums, when museums are just not your thing.
Research Ahead of Time
Know what you’re getting yourself into. Are there any exhibits that sound like they may actually interest you?
Plan it Out
Don’t do all the fun stuff first. Reward yourself for going through that incredibly boring sculpture exhibit by checking out the mummies
Let your boredom be heard! Make sure your travel buddies know you’re not a museum person. If they’re decent people they probably won’t drag you through the whole thing. [Note: Communication is NOT synonymous with complaining]
Bleh. Train museum.
Know that just because museums are not your thing, others may be psyched out of their mind to be there. Be respectful of their excitement, because the tables may be turned later on in your trip.
Look For Interactive Exhibits
Keep your mind from falling asleep by looking for interactive exhibits. Nothing cures the “oh look…more historical facts to read” blues better than a virtual reality space flight.
Use a New Perspective
You are unique in that you are not a museum person. This makes your perspective much different than many other museum-goers. Use that perspective to start a conversation.
…or take funny photos
Set a Time Frame
If you’re in a group- agree on a time to be finished at the museum. This way, you know that there is an end in sight.
Are you the only one in your group of travelers who doesn’t want to go to the museum? It’s alright to tap out. Take some time to explore the city on your own and something of interest to you.
I’d rather get snacks…
How about you? Are you a museum person? Let me know below!