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#WhyILoveMuseums: See the inspiring responses!

Category: Influence of Museums
A sculpture of the famous "LOVE" logo by Robert Indiana, where the L and O are stacked on top of the V and E, and the O is slanted sideways. The sculpture is displayed outside with trees and a street visible in the background.
Photo credit: Dru Bloomfield on Flickr. CC BY 2.0

March 13 was #WhyILoveMuseums Day, a social media movement started by Mar Dixon, a consultant who has led monthly hashtags for the cultural field from her @CultureThemes platform for almost a decade.

Mar tells us that she founded CultureThemes to spread positivity in the field at a time when funding cuts were widespread around the world. She asked people to share why they love museums because “Sometimes we need to hear why people love museums but more importantly sometimes we just need to ask them…something museums often forget or [are] too shy to do.”

For everyone caught up in the daily grind of collecting, conserving, and interpreting objects—and running the facilities that allow people to see them—it’s good to take a step back and remember why you do it. These responses remind us of the delights, inspirations, and insights that museums make possible.

Some people celebrated the impact museums have on their youngest visitors:






Others described the stirring encounters they have as visitors:






Some highlighted their ability to spur critical thinking:




Some admired the breadth of objects (and living species!) they contain:





Others applauded the role they play in enabling research:


And some people saw the big picture for humanity:



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