MUSEUM SELFIE DAY
Museum Selfie Day on the third Wednesday in January invites the general public to go to a museum and take a selfie. The day promotes awareness of great collections of work stored in museums.
Many museums don’t allow cameras. There is one day that they make an exception, however. On Museum Selfie Day, participating museums encourage visitors to take a selfie next to their favorite piece of art. Besides going to the museum to take a selfie, there are many other reasons to check out a museum.
Here are some of those reasons:
- It’s been proven that people are happier when they spend money on experiences rather than stuff and going to a museum offers a great experience.
- One of the primary roles of museums is to engage and educate the community, so going to museums on a regular basis makes you smarter.
- Museums are a great place to meet friends and neighbors or to take in a professional development class, book signing, or wine festival.
- Since they are nonprofit entities, museums need supporters and donors in order to continue educating and inspiring members of your community.
- With 55,000 museums in the world, there is a good chance you will find one where you live.
HOW TO OBSERVE #MuseumSelfieDay
The best way to observe this day is to go to your local museum, find a favorite piece of art, and snap your selfie. Here are some other ways to participate:
- Learn about museum history
- Read about some of the most famous museums including the Louvre, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The British Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution
- Discuss with others why museums are so important for our communities and society
- Watch a movie set in a museum including House of Wax, Manhattan, Russian Ark, and Night at the Museum
After taking your selfie at the museum, don’t forget to share it on social media with #MuseumSelfieDay.
MUSEUM SELFIE DAY HISTORY
The day was founded by Mar Dixon, a mom in London who runs a website about museums, art, and culture. Dixon stated her goal was to have a one-day crowd-sourced phenomenon that would promote awareness of great collections housed in museums. The first Museum Selfie Day was held in January 2014. Since its creation, museums around the globe have joined in the fun to participate in the online campaign. Thousands of people from all over the world have posted their museum selfies to social media.
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