July 10, 2017
Whales, sloths, and creepy crawlies!
Whenever I’m in a museum, I like to pretend I’m Indiana Jones, Bill Nye the Science Guy (Bill! Bill! Bill!), or a wannabe Bob Ross (happy little trees!). Those guys were my heroes on TV. I always feel like I’m making them proud by learning all I can at the museums I visit. I can distinctly remember my first museum — The Natural History Museum at the University of Iowa. The complete whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling, a recreation of a Giant Ground Sloth and creepy crawly fossils from the Jurassic period frozen in time, left me curious and wanting more. Since that first encounter with the sloth, I’ve visited countless museums around the world. My love for museums motivated me to earn a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in Museum Studies. I think it’s so cool to work for a company that loves museums just much as I do. So to prove it, the staff at Silver Oaks shared their favorite museums with me and now I’m sharing them with you. Enjoy!
Julia (that’s me), Museum Services Project Manager:
I’m going to rank my top three because I can’t pick just one.
#1 The British Museum, London, England — Standing in front of the Rosetta Stone gave me the most goosebumps I’ve ever had. Ever.
#2 The National WWI Museum, Kansas City, MO — The layout, media, and placement of artifacts in this museum was superior to any other museum I’ve visited. Drop everything you’re doing and go there. Now.
#3 The Choco Museum, Cusco, Peru — I went here before my hike to Machu Picchu last year and was blown away. For being a small, local museum, the staff was friendly, informative and let us taste test all kinds of Peruvian chocolate!
Scott Kelty, Design:
I’d have to say for me, since I don’t get many opportunities to visit museums, it would have to be one that’s on a lot of bucket lists — the Louvre in Paris. I was very, very fortunate to get to go, and the entire building itself is a work of art. Seeing art in person is a lot different from seeing it in books or on posters or otherwise reproduced. For example: I discovered that the Mona Lisa is actually pretty small. And we saw something that not many people ever see, because it’s not the most popular view of it — the back of ‘Aphrodite,’ the Venus de Milo.”
Tim Wren, Account Manager:
The Denver Zoo – one word, ‘BEER’. I also love Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley, Illinois, for a couple of reasons. Growing up here, Niabi has always been special. I used to go there with my grandpa when it was just a tiny little zoo with a handful of animals. Years later, we produced all the media for their new rain forest exhibit — pretty cool. And the National Naval Aviation Museum is another one that is special to me. My dad was in the Navy and flew on the E2. This is a great museum if you love military history like I do.”
Anne Kirkpatrick, Writer:
“The Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida is my favorite so far. The permanent collection of Dali’s oil paintings are breathtaking, and the building itself is a work of art! I don’t usually gush about gift shops, but this one was super-cool and sophisticated at the same time. Of course, the Art Institute of Chicago is an all-time favorite of mine as well. The last time I was there, we saw amazing Greek and Roman artifacts. And on my latest vacation, we enjoyed the sculpture garden outside of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Walking around the gardens was a great way to spend the evening– the Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture is a must see. The cherry stem actually sprays water in the summertime.”
Grace Kocinski, Museum Services Senior Project Manager:
“It’s funny, cool and sad, all at the same time…because I work in the museum industry my view of museums is very different than the average museum goer. I have trouble enjoying the content for the purity of the content, but rather look at how exhibits are built, the use of technology and just simply the overall ‘coolness factor.’ So with all that said, I have to say that the City Museum in St. Louis is now my new ‘favorite’ museum simply because it defies everything I’ve ever defined a museum to be. As noted on their website ‘the museum is an eclectic mixture of childrens’ playground, fun house, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects.’ Normally at museums, education through history and artifacts takes precedence, and everything is presented in a very defined, linear manner; while fun, imagination and exploration are secondary.”
“It was so much fun to ‘be a kid’…
At the City Museum everything is completely organic and undefined – there isn’t even a map or directional signage. I must confess, at first this was a bit disconcerting. However, once I transitioned to embracing it, and seized the opportunity to explore, it was so much fun to just ‘be a kid’ and discover what hidden treasure was down the next hole, at the bottom of a slide or at the end of a tunnel. It was a weird concept to realize how much can be learned by just having the freedom to see what it’s like to explore the root cavities under a tree, climb into the mouth of a whale, or feel what it’s like to swirl around on a “topsy-turvy” seat. AND the 10-story slide is a MUST….. sometimes it’s just good to have the opportunity for a good, long laugh! My only wish is that the City Museum was closer to me. It would be the perfect place to go after a long, stressful day or when a fresh dose of creativity is needed.”
Silver Oaks loves museums of all kinds
As you can see, the staff at Silver Oaks loves museums of all kinds. We know that they can create powerful life-long memories. Our hope is that the creative media produced by our team helps museums to provide equally powerful life-long memories for their visitors.
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