For some people, visiting museums is a fun experience. But for others, it may not be the first thing on your to-do list. However, we’re here to tell you that either way, visiting museums – no matter what type – is a great way to get to know new cities.
This is true for several different reasons. It allows you to learn about the city you’re visiting and its history and the history of its local people. But it also helps you to immerse yourself in the local culture. That way, you can understand the perspectives of the locals and to engage with the local community.
We’re going to tell you a bit more about all these things. Here’s why you should always visit museums when you’re wanting to get to know a new city.
When you first arrive in a new city, it’s likely that the local culture will be very foreign to you. Even if you’ve done your research and read up about it. Being there and meeting the people is a completely different story.
You’ve got to throw yourself in the deep end if you really want to be fully immersed in the local culture. And going to museums will allow you to learn all about the culture from several different perspectives. You’ll also be able to chat to local experts. It’s the best way to really immerse yourself in the local culture and history of a new place.
Understand the Perspective of the Locals
As we all know, history and the way it’s told isn’t exactly objective. So, naturally, locals are the ones whose perspectives are exhibited. For instance, learning about the Vietnam War is very different whether you’re visiting museums in the United States or Vietnam. Thus, visiting museums in a new city will allow you to understand and hear the perspective of the locals. Really, you’ll see everything from their point of view.
Learn About Local History and Culture
The most obvious one is that visiting museums will allow you to learn all about the local history and culture from a purely educational and reliable source. And when you’re visiting a new destination, it’s always good to have some background to what the country and the people have been through. Not only is it interesting, but it provides you with some context when it comes to who they are today.
It’s different wherever you go. For instance, sports betting in Australia is a super popular pass time for locals. Meanwhile, people from other countries may spend time making things like crafts and other useful things.
Engage with the Local Community
Travelling is all about learning, meeting new people and engaging with the locals, right? By visiting local museums, you’ll be able to mix with locals who work there and learn directly from them. But it’s not only about the actual museums.
Once you’ve learnt from them, you’ll feel empowered. Then, travel out into the city and into the communities and properly engage with the locals with slightly more understanding than before. This will not only be helpful to you, but it’s also respectful to the locals.