Museums: ‘A Different Sort of Inspiration’

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  07.19.10 | 5:42 PM ET

World Hum contributor Julia Ross ponders the connections between museums and their cities. On her favorites, she writes:

They’re an intrinsic part of travel for me, and the ones I love most distill the mood or aesthetic of a city in a way I can’t grasp walking the streets. It’s about more than art. It can be in the light, the design, or how the viewing public behaves. Something about the culture is captured.

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

3 Comments for Museums: ‘A Different Sort of Inspiration’

Aditi L ( 07.19.10 | 6:59 PM ET

Museums are really interesting because they present culture, but a very static representation of culture frozen in a particular time and place, and as if it were monolithic. Nevertheless, it’s one of my favorite parts of traveling!

Grizzly Bear Mom 07.20.10 | 12:00 PM ET

Mine too.  The most moving one I experienced was The Imperial War Museum in London.  I was touched when I thought of them evacuating all those little children during WWII-until I how “the sun never setting on the British Empire” came to be. It changed my expierence of their churches as monuments not to English but to EmPIRE and my politics.

uffizi tickets 07.27.10 | 4:47 PM ET

Aditi, I disagree with you… Have you never been in Uffizi Gallery in Florence? A big part of the most important masterpieces across several centuries… How can you say this is static?!

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