WQ #20: May 18: HERITAGE/INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY

Happy Thursday, and welcome to #WQ (Wednesday Quotes). WAIT – WHAA – I got one text wondering if I were dead. Turns out I’m not.

Here’s your chance to showcase your photos, poems, thoughts, and stories about museums. All you need is one awesome quote. Feel free to skim, but don’t skip the very end where your posts are highlighted! Please read at least a few of the other links in this party.

As a museum lover, I visit museums frequently and wherever I travel. I was thrilled when I read the calendar that said May 18th is International Museum Day.

The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that, “museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.”

International Museum Day

Growing in Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding

I’m still a little hazy about what we can call a museum and what we can’t. If it’s history, I think we are all safe calling the place a museum. History is the study of human events and interactions-social studies or social science. However, what about studying animals? We call that natural history, but there is no preservation or study of culture, peace, or any other type of interaction.

“Museums should be places where you raise questions, not just show stuff.”

– William Thorsell

For example, the Wickenburg Cowboy Museum displayed items, and many had question boxes. What clues would tell you what this might be if you didn’t already know?

I got my four-year-old arm caught in one of these, helping my great-grandmother do chores. I survived that, too.

Tips for Helping Children Enjoy Museums

 “I want to meet a guy named Art. I’d take him to a museum, hang him on the wall, criticize him, and leave.”

-Jarod Kintz

Maybe that’s not the best tip, but we want to teach children to think critically. That’s part of learning history and social studies. Here are some better ideas.

  • Children enjoy activities. Make use of interactive guides or activity sheets provided by the museum. At some museums, they also participate in dressing up, painting, drawing, short and longer videos, and playing games. Check museum websites for activities.
  •  Ask your child to interpret their visit by pretending to be visitors from another country, artists, or scientists to name a few examples.
  • Start a museum scrapbook.
    • Have them pick one exhibit and draw a picture of it.
    • Provide a sheet with a range of “emotion/describing” words. Have them complete this sentence, “My visit to this museum made me feel … because ……………………….”
      • amazing, bored, coddled, distracted, excited, funny, great, happy, intelligent, jealous, klutzy, lovely, marvelous, negative, open, passive, questioning, respectful, surprised, thankful, useful, vigilant, wondering, x?, yucky, zealous
  • Prepare your child for their visit beforehand by suggesting reasons for the trip. What do you want them to gain from the experience? How should the experience contribute to their learning goals?
  • Scavenger hunts and worksheets are great, but use these to encourage higher-order thinking by asking students to develop connections to ideas learned at school or in a specific class. Have them choose which objects they might share with their class or friends. Ask them how they might use social media to share with a broader audience.  

Some museums allow and even encourage you to take pictures. Others prefer that you not take pictures. The same is true of articles with advice for visiting museums. I take way too many pictures. But I use them in my blog, so I’m reprocessing and researching the information a second and third time. I love the last tip for high school or college students, in which case photos make their presentation much more interesting.

I wonder what questions are going through this little girl’s head as she plays with the display at the California State Train Museum in Sacramento.

Museums are excellent ways to help your children and grandchildren grow in knowledge and understanding. No matter where your travel this summer, try to visit at least one museum.

“Real museums are places where Time is transformed into Space.”

~ Orhan Pamuk

Does the Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa, AZ have the right to that name? Do these handsome fellows enrich our culture?

“Nobody ever flunked a science museum.”

– Frank Oppenheimer

Community Enriching Experience

In 2016-17, I had the privilege of being on the museum committee to found the Woodlake Valley Cultural Museum. Much thought goes into what to include in the museum. The committee had to weigh what was important to the town’s formation and growth. Decisions are limited by what items are donated.

At the grand opening, we had several speakers lined up to help us all grow in our knowledge of the different aspects of the town. Starting with the Watchumna Yokuts Indian tribe, who had inhabited the area for centuries up to the influx of Americans and Mexicans in 1852. Many of their descendants reside in Woodlake and serve as leaders today.

Native Woodlakers grew excited when they saw artifacts from their childhood. One Woodlaker, Carl Peden, left home as a youth to become a pilot. He served as the Air Force One pilot for Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford. We were honored to hear him speak that day. Four days later, on President’s Day, he passed away.

A Little Poetry – Food for Thought

Growing in wisdom
Understanding the values
Learning history
Valuing contributions
Lessons from our ancestors

Games and dressing up
Using props, drawing pictures,
Watching videos.
An important amusement -
Visiting a museum.

©Marsha Ingrao 2023

To participate in this week’s poetry, write a tanka using synonyms for Work and Play. The first part of my tanka is about the work of growing up and learning about culture, the last part shows the fun we can have doing that in a museum.

Tanka are written in a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable structure, or s-l-s-l-l. Tanka consists of 5 lines written in the first-person point of view from the perspective of the poet. The third line is considered your “pivot,” but let it happen anywhere or exclude it. It is not mandatory. If you use a pivot, the meaning should apply to the first two lines, as well as the last two lines of your tanka. Tanka is untitled and does not rhyme.

-Colleen Chesebro

Your Museum Verdict

The Butterfly “Museum” has much to offer besides butterflies. In this case, something to do with UFOs. This art display was outside at the entrance.

“Oh, to be standing next to a stranger, staring at the same painting in an art museum, an unspoken romance between us.”

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A woman and I chatted as we tried to capture the beauty of the butterfly that landed near us. We created art rather than admiring someone else’s.

Did Vince’s and my visit to Butterfly Wonderland this week count as a museum visit?

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72 responses to “WQ #20: HERITAGE/ INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY”

  1. Your photos of Butterflies – Denzil Nature Avatar

    […] Marsha from Always Write took us to the Butterfly Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona; definitely a place to visit if you are near this one, or one similar. […]

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  2. Denzil Avatar

    Beautiful butterflies for my challenge Marsha, thanks! And what great info on museums. You clearly had a lot of fun visiting these places

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      We did. I have so many museum pictures, I don’t know when I’m ever going to get even the best pictures all shared.

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  3. Ju-Lyn Avatar

    I love this discourse & conversation around museums – what qualifies as one, and the importance of each of these places in preservation of heritage, culture & other important themes. How wonderful that you had a hand in starting up a community museum. And yes, your visit to Butterfly Wonderland certainly qualifies in my books!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you Ju-Lyn. I am an absolute fan of museums. They aren’t perfect teachers because you can’t spend enough time in them to absorb everything. But they give you an ambiance of a topic or time period. Humans are so wonderfully made that we have instant recognition subconsciously if we’ve had some exposure to something. I’ll never forget going to the Maritime Museum in London. What impressed me the most were all of pictures of boats out in the Atlantic. It was like a traffic jam in the 1500s. I thought of the ocean being so vast, and it is, but there were lots and lots of boats getting on with the job of exploration and conquering the world.

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  4. littlelilly Avatar

    This is lovely, Marsha. My family and I love museums. Love the quotes you’ve shared and the lil girl in is so adorable.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Your post about Cambodia would be great to link to either one of my WQ posts. There is a lot said about honor in those temples. The little girl in my photo was a guest at the Railroad Museum. I don’t know her. She would be about 10 years older now, so in her mid-teens. 🙂

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  5. ben Alexander Avatar

    An important amusement –

    This is so true, Marsha ~ museums offer a wealth of information to old and young minds alike!

    Much love,
    David

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      They do. We can enjoy them at different levels of knowledge and again and again. But how many times does one usually visit the same museum? Except for the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, where my friend spoke regularly, and a couple of museums in my area in Tulare County, CA, Most of them have been one-time visits.

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  6. Amy Avatar

    Great post, Marsha! Thank you for bringing the awareness of the museum day!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are welcome. I will try to do a post later this week. I couldn’t think of how to weave skies into honorable, my WQ post for this week. Your photographs are beyond the normal “nice” sky pictures that are in my collection! LOL

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      1. Amy Avatar

        Thank you for you compliment, Marsha! 💖

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          It is well-deserved, but you’re welcome. 🙂

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  7. Julie Avatar

    Ever since having a kid, I learned how to appreciate Children’s Museums. Or there are a lot museums that incorporate kids activities like a kid section. They’re very interactive as they are the building blocks of more complex topics and elicit wonder. Adults can also find fun in the kids’ section of course.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Have you been to the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose? That is well-worth the trip. You might want to wait until Lana is a bit older, since it is not close, but I loved it, and loved what the kids did and how they responded. https://www.cdm.org/

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  8. Natalie Avatar

    Marsha, Thank you for your weekend coffee share and PPAC entry. I love the painted horse and the butterflies. You look fabulous sitting in that butterfly bench. I’ve seen a similar bench on Toronto Islands near the Butterfly Garden. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks Natalie, here’s to a great week for all of us.

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  9. Colleen M. Chesebro Avatar

    OH my goodness! Marsha, this was absolutely stupendous! I loved your tanka! The museums were all amazing. Thanks so much for joining in! 💖

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Colleen. I want to get more regular with Tanka Tuesday. I am working towards eventually putting together a book of poetry, or possibly contributing to someone else who want additional authors. Meanwhile, I will be working through the other contributors tomorrow or the next day. It is hard to get to them all, isn’t it? You have a huge following! 🙂

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  10. willowdot21 Avatar

    An amazing post 💜

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you Willow. I’m off to read yours next. 🙂

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  11. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    first you made me laugh; “I got one text wondering if I were dead. Turns out I’m not.”
    Especially after your near death time with your arm.. ouch.
    Great museum captures and love your poem Marsha. You sure have a plethora of great history to share.
    🥰💗

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That one of the biproducts of aging! LOL I’m 96% done with your book, and you have your own plethora to be found and enjoyed. I’m so excited. I walked 20,000 steps already today as a result of doubling. 🙂

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      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        It sure is Marsha! That’s impressive Marsha and I love you are making good use of it. Good for you! Make sure you stretch more as well! ❣️

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I will. I did a few cardio and stretching exercises, but I’ll start new tomorrow. I’m tired now! 🙂

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  12. ganga1996 Avatar

    Hi, My special boy gets free passes to museums, so we try to visit them a lot. He loves walking around and we do learn something each time we visit.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You develop a feel for time and place as you spend time in museums. The unfamiliar becomes familiar. You recognize trends, patterns and traits.

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      1. ganga1996 Avatar

        Yes it does.

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  13. D. Wallace Peach Avatar

    What a fun post, Marsha. So full of wonderful information and ideas. I knew what that mystery thing was right away, because when I was about 4, my mom got her arm caught in one. Not a fun experience. Thanks for featuring some great museums. I would love to visit a butterfly museum. Thanks for the fascinating visit!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for visiting. Your poor mom! My arm was so little it didn’t do much to me. I remember my great-grandfather wrapping my arm in an old flannel shirt soaked with an oil. I don’t remember being hurt only scared.

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      1. D. Wallace Peach Avatar

        My mom fainted and her finger bled. I remember it vividly. But I remember she was okay after that. 😀

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          It’s scary when Mom gets hurt and you’re small – even older, it’s hard to take! My mom was super stoic but she had a couple of big scares when I entered my teens before I could drive. It is always memorable. Have a great week, Diana – no scares!

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  14. the eternal traveller Avatar

    A museum is a place where Glen goes to read every word and I have a good look around and then go to the cafe.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      He must be a faster reader than I. I try to get the ambiance and read the large print! I like to go to the museum store after.

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  15. photobyjohnbo Avatar

    Wow! Some great information on museums. Great post, Marsha!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, John. They are one of my pleasures.

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  16. Writing Sparkle Avatar

    So many great photographs accompany this post. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much.

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  17. Melis Avatar

    What a fun post! I adore museums and, luckily, so does my nine-year-old. Our visits have been quite sporadic over the past few years for…reasons…but I’m hoping to establish a solid routine in the fall. Santa Fe has a ton of fun places to visit, so we have some options 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I would love to visit Santa Fe. I hope you will post some of those visits. Meanwhile I will pop over to see your blog in person. 🙂 Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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  18. bushboy Avatar

    So much to love Marsha especially the butterflies 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much Bushboy. I loved the butterflies, too. Imagine 70 varieties flying around all at once. One landed on my shoulder and I thought it was going to come home with me!

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      1. bushboy Avatar

        That would be amazing Marsha 🦋🥰

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          My cat, Moji would think she died and went to heaven!

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  19. Susan Avatar
    Susan

    I’ve loved museums since my grandmother started taking me to all the major Chicago museums when I was 5. I’m disappointed that I missed International Museum Day. I follow lots of museums on Twitter and guess I didn’t check it that day.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      No worries. The museums are still open today! LOL. I love museums and have way too many pictures and memories to share. I would love to revisit some of the museums in Chicago that I visited as a Hoosier Girl Scout when I was about 10.

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  20. leannelc Avatar

    Hi Marsha – it’s been ages since I’ve been in a museum. I remember we used to take the kids when we went for city visit…..but those days are long gone. I can’t remember when I went to the city last, let alone took the time to wander around an exhibit or two – maybe I need to add that to my to-do list!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You would not be disappointed. I wandered around several when I was in Australia. In the State Museum in Melbourne, my blogging friend Carol, the Eternal Traveller, introduced me to her husband’s great grandfather (I think), who was a famous criminal of the 1800s. Imagine being in a huge museum as a famous criminal. What a beautiful place the museum was, though – even with its criminal elements!

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  21. JohnRH Avatar

    Excellent. Love the Schmooze horse!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Hi John, isn’t he a beauty? He should be the mascot for my blog – everything turquoise! Have a great weekend.

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  22. Lydia C. Lee Avatar

    I love the quote about time being transformed into space. That’s brilliant. and what the best ones are!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, and even the not so great ones are usually fun for the local people. 🙂

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  23. Kirstin Troyer Avatar

    These are great marsha!!! I do enjoy visiting museums. You found some great quotes too.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I was pleased and surprised with the quotes.

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  24. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    See, someone else was worried about you, Marsha! I remember having to edit pics in the parking lot of the gym with their Wi-Fi before ours was installed. This post is a great reminder that museums are special places to visit to help us remember our heritage. That must have been so special to launch the Woodlake Museum and be a part of the ceremony. Yes, you look wonderful surrounded by butterfly wings! And nice snaps of the flutterbies 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Bloggers are wonderful. Kirstin messaged me as well. I spent most of the day going through and labeling photos in Lightroom. I still have hundred of pictures that did not come up. Also, in the name of compelling, I deleted tons of old pics that were not.

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      1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

        I’ve been deleting images in Dropbox. How can I have so many blurry pics still lurking?

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I know. I have the same thing! When I first started, I didn’t know about auto focus, and my eyes are lasared for monovision. So I don’t see clearly out of one eye only. I need them both. I guessed wrong about focus a lot.

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  25. babsje Avatar

    Love the photo of you in that fabulous butterfly chair! While in High School, I worked at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and helped make the plants for some dioramas. Speaking of introducing children to museums, one of my more exciting adventures there was a day I was also babysitting and decided to take the little girl to the museum with me. We got trapped for a long time together when the elevator got stuck between floors. Stephanie wasn’t at all afraid and serenaded me with her sweet little songs the entire time until we were rescued. Thanks for your delightful post that brought back some fun memories.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      What an adorable memory, Babsje. I bet she never forgot the experience either! 🙂

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  26. eklastic Avatar

    Your post shouts: FOR THE LOVE OF MUSEUMS!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Am I that obvious? I do love museums. I visit one every chance I get wherever I am. I had loads more pictures but I can’t post everything! LOL

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks Lady Lee. I’ll pop over and read yours tomorrow. Have a great day.

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  27. KymPossible Avatar

    I was beginning to worry – I’m glad someone texted to check on you! Isn’t it interesting how quickly we become attached to other bloggers, even though we’ve never met in person? I know my kids didn’t always appreciate all the museums that we visited on field trips or on vacations, but I think they did learn something at each one. I hope that as they get older they gain a new appreciation for all the learning experiences we tried to give them. And some museums are definitely more fun than others, depending on age and interests! I really like your butterfly photos – beautiful!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much, Kim. I left my computer and my hard drive with all my pics at home. I wasn’t technologically advanced enough to post from my phone! Thanks for your concern! We do get close to our blogging friends. It’s an amazing experience, isn’t it? We went to so many museums when I was a kid, and they were just stuff that I wouldn’t have had a clue about if my grandparents hadn’t been along to tell stories about them.

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