As anyone in the heritage industry will tell you, now is not a great time to work at a museum. Museum attendance has plummeted to near-record lows around the world, as tourism and travel have struggled to recover to pre-2020 levels. That’s why 2022 could be a make or break year for some of our most important institutions of knowledge, and why you should consider supporting museums in the year ahead.
Whether visiting a museum to learn, experience something new, or for an unforgettable event, it is worth understanding the different types of museums on offer today. Read on to find out the main museum types you can visit in 2022.
1. History Types of Museums
When one thinks of the best museum options in the world, it is no surprise that history museums are often the top contenders. Think of the British Museum, The Museum of Natural History, the National WW2 Museum, and so on. History museums bring a place and its people together, telling us the story of civilization and the world we live in today. This is often why history museums have been essential to the travel industry, as they are the first port of call when someone wishes to explore a new destination.
2. Art Museums
Art is so much more than mere beauty. It is the most elevated of human endeavors, something that aims to make us feel something beyond the everyday and the physical. Our love for art has endured through millennia, and that is why most of the world’s most visited destinations are, in fact, art museums. The Louvre, The Met, The Tate, The Getty, The Uffizi, The Prado – the list goes on.
3. Science Museums
Science museums bring the most complex and important human achievements into our field of comprehension. They show us what we are capable of when we work together and inspire visitors to do more. Science museums also tend to be much more interactive and clearly themed.
This is why science museums tend to be more popular as events venues than other museum types. For example, the hugely popular Space Foundation Discovery Foundation in Colorado regularly hosts small and high-profile business events, which you can learn more about on their website.
4. Open-Air Museums
Not all museums are contained within a single building. Some open-air museums are massive indoor-outdoor complexes that are able to sustain a local vacation industry single-handed. Open-air museums are usually historical and aim to bring a particular time or place to life for the visitor.
There is the Beamish Museum in England, which is a realistic recreation of a Victorian town. There is the Skansen Museum in Stockholm, which brings rural, pre-Industrial Sweden to life. Such museums are often all-day affairs, so be prepared for a lot of walking!
A More Enriching 2022 Awaits
By understanding the different types of museums out there, you can enjoy a more enriching 2022. For more daily tips and hacks on how to get the very best of culture and learning in the year ahead, we are here to help. Make sure to consult our dedicated Lifestyle guides to learn more.