History is defined the whole series of past events connected with someone or something.
What happens to history? Ideally, it’s recorded on paper or digital media and it’s preserved for the future.
What happens to assets related to historical events? People collect items as antiques. Items are destroyed over time. Some items are stored and displayed at places called museums.
What is a Museum?
By definition, a museum is a building in which objects of historical, scientific, artistic, or cultural interest are stored and exhibited.
At a museum, people can visit and experience pieces of history to learn about their story. While it’s not directly genealogy-related, subjects and specific items can provide a perspective into how people (our ancestors) lived during their lives.
What kind of Museums Exist?
Basically, if there’s a topic for it, there’s probably a museum dedicated to it!
Here’s a short list of just a few (sometimes weird and random) museums that are dedicated to preserving history on their dedicated subject matter.
- National Museum of the United States Air Force
- National Museum of the United States Navy
- National Museum of the United States Army (coming soon)
- National Museum of the United States Marine Corps
- The Philadelphia Museum of Art
- The Art Institute of Chicago
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York
Nature & Science
- Denver Museum of Nature & Science
- Perot Museum of Nature & Science
- American Museum of Natural History
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Immigration/Ellis Island Museum
- The National Civil War Museum
- Museum of the American Revolution
- National Corvette Museum
- Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame & Museum
- National Football Museum
- Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Museums are not boring! They can be interactive with visuals and hands-on science displays. Museums can even come to life with shows and people who dedicate themselves to “living” the history you’ll see at their facility.
Not only are museums educational, they are also very interesting and often fun for the whole family, girl scout, boy scout, church group, etc. If you have the time, means and desire to travel, you can visit a museum that interests you. Take the family, spend the day or make it a weekend trip!