Visiting local museum is one of favorite things to do during your travel abroad. Every museum has different story told by the items stored in there. Each museum may showcase different passion but the rules are generally the same. Usually, there are rules written in the entrance and in various places for the visitors to notice and oblige. However, there are also many unspoken rules you need to know to make the most of your experience from visiting a museum.
Things you should not do during a visit to a museum
Do not enter the museum with a hefty suitcase following you. It may cause the security guard to stop you even before entering the place. Usually, museum provides lockers for visitors to put their belongings into. It is not only about you will become a suspicious thief who plan to steal the artifacts. It is more about the hazards you can cause inside the museum with such large luggage. It may knock over precious items, damage the floor, or simply disturb the other visitors.
Treat Museum with No Respect
Treating museum like your own home or playground is a no-no. Be mindful when walking. It is understandable that you feel awed with everything you see. However, always watch where you step so you won’t accidently knock over something. Also, do not run around the museum. Do not climb on a something regardless if it is valuable items or just a regular table. Do not make any movements that potentially harm anything inside the museum. If you visit the museum with kids, always keep an eyes on them and informed them about how to behave inside in advance.
Skipping the information that the curators provided is a big loss because you may just leave without gaining more knowledge. Museums are there to let you know about things that you are unable to experience or know. Thus, you will have more understanding about the exhibit. Therefore, it is highly recommended to read the wall text. If there is no wall text, there might be some brochures or audio guides available, or you can simply ask the guards.
Taking Pictures Inside Museum
Do not take pictures of anything inside the museum especially when it is clearly prohibited. If you are unsure, you can ask the guards. If it is allowed, it is general rule to not use any flash since there is potential that it can damage the object in the museums. Always follow the rules provided by the museum so you won’t get any trouble.
Taking Rest Inside Museum
Do not take a rest inside the museums especially near the objects such as artefacts. Leaning on the wall and pillar, sitting on the floor, or resting your arm on any surface may sound harmless to you. However, it may out you in embarrassing situation when you get yelled at by the guards to step back. Also, what you do may trigger overhead sensor causing the alarm to go off. Find a designated bench or have some coffee at the nearest cafe when you need to rest.