The Dos and Don'ts of What to Bring for a Day at the Museum
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The Dos and Don'ts of What to Bring for a Day at the Museum

Going to a museum is a fun and educational activity that is open to people of all ages, perfect for a day with the family, a couple’s date, or an outing with friends. No matter if you like history, science, modern collections, classical pieces, or another art form entirely, there is most likely a museum out there that caters to your preferences. However, knowing what to pack and what not to pack for a day at the museum is just as important as finding the right exhibit. Check out the list below to prepare for a successful and enjoyable visit.

Follow these useful tips to ensure you have the best possible day at the museum

Don’t: Carry Food or Drinks in Your Bag

The general rule that museums have with food and beverages is that visitors are allowed to bring them but forbidden to consume either while inside. To avoid this issue altogether, we suggest not carrying any drinks or snacks in your bag, so you are not tempted to eat indoors. This shouldn’t be an issue, as many museums have designated cafeteria areas or even indoor restaurants where guests can dine. Additionally, because some facilities require their visitors to go through a metal detector before entering, water bottles should be emptied, and any sharp objects should also be left at home. Basically, this process is resembling airport security checks more and more, so anything you would not fly with should not be brought to a museum.

Do: Remember Your Contact Lenses

There are many motivations someone may have for visiting an art museum. Perhaps it is an opportunity to engage with like-minded individuals who enjoy different forms of creative expression, or simply a way to learn about a country's history whilst traveling. However, a large majority would venture to say that their visit is most associated with gazing upon glorious works of art in all shapes and sizes. Therefore, those who rely on contacts for improved vision must not forget to pack an extra pair in their museum-ready bag or purse. After all, what could be worse than having a contact crisis and not being prepared with a backup? If a contact falls out or is lost while walking around the museum, the entire experience is altered. Because contact lens retailers work online nowadays, even offering shipping services for contacts without prescription verification, receiving additional pairs from your favorite brands is convenient and stress-free. One thing's for certain - the best way to enjoy all the art a museum has to offer is to ensure you will be able to see every piece clearly, no matter what.

Don’t: Wear Large Bags or Backpacks

Many museums will prohibit their guests from wearing larger bags and backpacks or carrying luggage with them inside, as these items can be hazardous to displays and even disturb other visitors. As mentioned before, all bags, regardless of their size, will normally have to go through an x-ray and metal detector inspection before they are granted access. Sticking to a smaller handbag or purse is actually more advantageous for visitors, as they won’t have to worry about lugging around heavy material and can enjoy the walk around the museum much more easily.

Do: Bring Some Spending Money

Nearly every museum has some sort of gift shop near the end of the tour, so remember to pack a few extra bills inside your wallet or bring your physical or virtual credit card in case you’re interested in doing some light shopping. These stores will often feature special memorabilia from artwork that the museum houses. For example, in Italy’s prestigious Accademia Gallery in Florence, the iconic sculpture, Michelangelo’s David (which is now also on display in 3D form at the Dubai Expo), is housed front and center for all to see. Since this is the most famous piece of art the museum contains, its gift shop boasts all types of products that center around David. from pens to notebooks, mini sculptures for the home, and much more. Not to mention that museum souvenirs make great presents!

Most museums do not permit their guests to take photos with the flash on, and some prohibit picture taking altogether

Don’t: Arrive with Camera in Hand

Museums commonly discourage people from taking photos inside their walls because of two main reasons. Firstly, camera flashes have been proven to hurt the quality of paintings over time due to their intense light, and secondly, it is simply disturbing and distracting for other visitors. While some museums may not have such strict rules regarding photos, it’s a good idea to be respectful and leave your camera in your car or purse rather than arriving with it in hand. After all, how will you truly be able to take in the artwork for all its worth if you are too busy trying to get the perfect story for your Instagram feed?

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