We love museums.
I have to give major props to Prof for encouraging me to enjoy the finer aspects in life. I mean, seriously, we probably visited two museums and/or archeological sites per day on our honeymoon!
That’s where my love for museums began. When I was single, I didn’t value art or architectural space. I passively soaked up my environment, which wasn’t the way to appreciate art or beauty around me. When Piano Man was born, our love for museums didn’t change. It became a part of our family culture.
That was most evident during our trip to Egypt in 2012.
Something piqued our son’s interest in Egypt. He found Egypt to be, hands down, the most fascinating place he’s ever traveled.
Piano Man experienced what it was like to crawl into a small pyramid space.
He viewed a real mummy unwrapped in one of the special exhibits at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. (However, I wouldn’t recommend it for younger kids. It was bit scary for him to take in as a young elementary student.)
Oh yeah, it was also the first time we let him view the world through a camera lens.
It was in Egypt that he found a new passion: photography.
Looking through some of his work, Piano Man took photos of some of the most random things.
I watched Piano Man cultivate an appreciation for art and his surroundings by the way he took photographs.
Nowadays, he’s armed with a point and shoot to capture images from his perspective. As we went through his photos, I took notice of his work, which helped me to understand a different side of him. His height limitations gave him a different viewpoint than say a grown adult’s. (Although I bet some of my friends would say I’m not that much taller than Piano Man.) But that’s what the lens of a camera does – to help us see the world from another vantage point.
We made one last grab for art and culture before summer ended to the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
During our visit, various museum staff shared insights to different sketches. People guided us to artwork that children gravitated towards the most, such as this huge oceanic scene.
We talked about which piece of art was our favorite and why. We grew to appreciate what was around us, and I hope that Piano Man and Linus continue to appreciate art their entire lives and cultivate a love for art, history, and culture in their children’s lives.
How about you? Do you find that taking your child to a museum is a way to bring in culture in their lives? What’s your story?
From my hometown to yours,