Lost in the Museum

Jul 16

Lost in the Museum

Veronica standing in front of an exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History in the Philippines. A female young adult, Veronica, wearing a white shirt and blue jeans, is looking at an exhibit that has text and images on it. The image shows a man in a dark brown robe who appears to have been a monk or a friar. The wall that the exhibit is hanging on is white with a single spotlight focused on it.

Being a visitor and an employee in a museum are different experiences. It’s like entering to a new realm where everything shifts from what you know to what you’re still going to learn. It’s a huge step. Before you were just on the surface but now you get to dive deeply into the pool of wonder.

I remember when I was still in the Philippines; I would go to different museums with my friends whenever we had free time after school. They were spontaneous trips where we’d just enjoy being together. We’d take a lot of pictures and share them on our social media accounts, appreciating what we saw in the museums we went to.

Now that I am here in Canada and working in a museum, I find it odd but in a good way because at this moment I get to learn and be involved in the process of what’s in a museum. I’ve seen while working in a museum how it affects other people. It’s like sharing the experience you had when you were once a visitor, wondering what it’s like to live in the past. It’s about the discoveries you find that will change your perspective on things and making you curious to keep on growing and learning.