If you are thinking of visiting the Heard Natural Science Museum, you may be thinking that you just need to show up there, check out one exhibit after another, and you’re good to go.
Well, I really can’t blame you for thinking that way because that’s how most people visit museums. They just go in, jump in with both feet, and see as much of the stuff as possible. They’re done with it.
The problem with that way of doing things is that a lot is lost in translation. A lot falls between the cracks, and you don’t always have a good time. At the very least you don’t have a time that is as memorable and as awesome as you would have hoped.
The truth is, you have to be systematic and methodical when visiting museums. I know this sounds like a bit of an overkill. How complicated could it be? Why should you invest all this time, effort, and resources when you’re just visiting the Heard Natural Science Museum?
Well, please understand that it has a lot of things to offer. You’ll have to go in there with some sort of strategy or some sort of advanced plan so you can maximise the amount of value you get from your time.
It is that simple because when you are going to a major museum like the Heard Natural Science Museum, or the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, there’s just so much stuff to process. There’s so much stuff to see.
It’s like going to Disneyland and wasting your time with the attractions that are closest to the entrance and regretting the fact that you never really saw most at the park. You can easily do this with the typical museum.
At this point, you have a choice. You’re going to just feel bad that all you could talk about was just that one or two or a handful of exhibits near the entrance and not much else. You can do that…
Now the problem with that is your understanding as well as your knowledge regarding the exhibit and the stuff that’s being talked about by the exhibits or revealed by the exhibit is going to be very superficial and shallow.
You’re cheating yourself from benefiting from the complete range of riches that the museum has to offer. So, what do you do in that situation? Well, you just need to have a plan coming. As the old saying goes, if you fail to plan you are planning to fail.
This is true when it comes to museums. You have to understand museums are packed with information. This is information that you can see and information you cannot see. I’m talking about background information.
This invisible stuff is also just as valid and as important. So, how do you juggle all this information? How do you come up with a workable plan so that you can milk as much value for every minute you spend in that museum?
It’s very simple. Plan your trip to the museum by being systematic and methodical. Here’s how I do it.
Find online recommended displays
The first thing I do is I would enter “Heard Natural Science Museum” a must-see on Google. I would see all sorts of recommendations by local bloggers, professional travelers, professional Museum curators, academics, journalists you name it. Everybody’s got their opinion.
When you have all this information, you can then go through them and see what they all talk about in common. This way, you can easily weed out the stuff that is only fascinating to some guy because he’s kind of weird and his tastes are abnormal.
Instead, you focus on what everybody seems to agree on regardless of how weird their tastes are when it comes to other things.
So, when you see some sort of commonality, you’re able to connect the dots and see this pattern come up again and again. That should give you a clue that this shortlist of exhibits is worth it.
Get the background story on certain collections
Now that you have a shortlist of the things that you must see, use Google again. This time look for the background story on those exhibits.
What happened in history that explains that exhibit? How did that exhibit come to be in the first place? What other background information and trivia can you find online?
Check out online reviews
Now that you have a shortlist, the next step is to look for reviews of what people thought about the exhibits. See based on a broad survey of such reviews which exhibits you should drop from your list.
This is important because you might be thinking that you have 10 things to look at, but guess what? You can easily blow all your time going through the first three exhibit items.
This is why it’s a good idea to shorten your list as much as possible. To get some solid guidance on how to edit your list, you need to check out online reviews.
Get a shortlist of the collections you’d like to check out
Once you have shortened your list, the next step is to get a shortlist of those collections. Remember, you’re getting a list of collections, so you need to look at the list of exhibits.
Then the next step is to shorten the list of collections within those exhibits. This means that you zero in on the “must-see” parts of those exhibits.
Check out images online and even videos
This is where YouTube and Google image search shines out. When you have a shortlist of the collections within the exhibits that you are interested in, take a look at them online. See before you even check them out in person what’s so interesting about them.
This way when you go to the museum, it’s basically to expand on what you already know. This enables you to savor as well as maximise the knowledge value of these things.
Familiarise yourself with local eateries and local attractions
This is very important because I’m sure you’re not going to go to this natural science museum and just hang out there for the whole day. Most people don’t just park themselves eight hours, go back to the hotel, and then fly out. That usually doesn’t work that way.
A museum, as awesome as it is, is still part of a local community and this is where local eateries and attractions come in. So, when you plan your trip to the Heard Natural Science Museum with local eateries and local attractions in mind, you are planning a holistic vacation.
This way your trip will be more memorable than otherwise. Believe me. Just doing things by the seat of your pants and doing things randomly is a sure recipe for a trip that’s not all that memorable.
Your mind is just all over the place. So, you don’t enjoy as well as get maximum value for every hard-earned dollar you spend on your vacation. Best wishes on your upcoming trip!