Why visit museums?

Check out this inspiring video, SPARK, about humans and the profound impact that Philadelphia museums and cultural institutions have on their and hearts and minds.
It was created by
the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance,  in association with the American Association of Museums. I just LOVE it.

This post from museum-lover and ex-Seattleite, Colleen Dilenschneider provides 10 great reasons to visit a museum. Here’s just one:

1.  Museums make you feel good.
Times are tight in this economic climate, and it’s often easy to use a museum admission price as an excuse to stay at home. However, a recent study conducted by Harris Interactive finds that people are happier when they spend money on experiences rather than material purchases.  According to Leaf Van Boven, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at CU-Boulder,  experiences are shown to create more happiness than material goods because they provide positive personal reinterpretations over time. That is, as we revisit the memory of our trip to the museum, we have a tendency to psychologically weed out any negative memories (should there be any). Experiences, such as visiting a museum, can also become a meaningful part of ones identity and contribute to successful social relationships in a manner that material items cannot. So consider foregoing an outing for items that you may not need; going to the museum will make you happier in the long run.

(Read 9 others here, and VISIT the Henry this week – there’s a lot happening and a lot to see!)

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