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How to Plan Your Museum Visit

How to Plan Your Museum Visit

Museums are awesome places that are full of interesting history and intriguing exhibits. The only problem with them is they often have too many cool things to see in one day. I have developed a system that only takes a few moments to implement and allows you to see the most important things in the short time you have.

Get A Map

There are only two things you need for this: a map of the museum and a pen. You can get a map at the entrance, often when you get your ticket. Then just pull off to the side to make a few decisions. I’m going to be using the ground floor map of The Field Museum in Chicago as my example since I went there recently.

Find Your Must-Sees

Circle the places that interest you and you would like to see. Then star one or two places that are must-sees for this trip. I usually cross out the places I definitely don’t need to see, too. For this map, my must-sees are the Hall of Birds and the Lions of Tsavo. I’ve crossed out the Special Exhibitions Halls since none of them interested me enough to pay extra to see them.

Make a Path

Then I make a quick assessment of the best way to see the exhibits I want to see. Keep your must-sees near the beginning of the trip, then work your way through the museum trying to see exhibits that are near each other, that way you minimize the time you spend wandering. I’ve numbered the above halls in the order I would see them and showed the path I would make with arrows.

My friend, Gina, and I at The Field Museum

Have Fun

After you have done this two-minute plan, get started on seeing what the museum has to offer. And you don’t have to stick to the plan, either! It’s more of a guide, if you notice an easier path, or decide you don’t want to visit a particular area, then change your plan. It’s all about having fun!

I hope my plan helps you to get the most out of your museum visit. If you are ever in Chicago, please visit The Field Museum, it’s awesome! What are some of the museums you would like to visit? What some tips you have for visiting a museum?

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