How will museums of the future look?

As a keen museum-goer, I was thrilled to move to Amsterdam and explore the wide range of museums on offer in and around the city. In 2015, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh museum and the Anne Frank Huis received 2.35 million visitors, 1.9 million visitors, and 1.27 million visitors respectively (see the list here for more information). Meanwhile in my home country of the UK, the top 3 museums in London ranked by visitor numbers in 2015 were the British Museum with 6.8 million visitors, National Gallery with 5.9 million visitors, and the Tate Modern with 4.7 million visitors (see here for more information). In cities like Amsterdam and London it is especially obvious that museums have a bright future ahead of them.

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Relevance vs. Significance

Nina Simon’s blog post appealed to me because of her exploration of the terms ‘relevance’ and ‘significance’. She highlights the difference between relevance and significance and says that “relevance only leads to deep meaning if it leads to something significant.” I found the blog post so thought-provoking as surfing is so deeply embedded in the cultural identity of Santa Cruz. Continue reading