Museums such as the Smithsonian, The National Gallery or The Metropolitan Museum of Art come to mind. But did you know that there are approximately 35,000 museums in the United States?
That means there’s a strong probability that a museum is close by, maybe even in your hometown.
Why should that matter to you?
With the continued threat of COVID-19, our State and Town economies are experiencing tremendous stress. With so many businesses and organizations facing permanent closure, it’s up to all of us to lend a hand.
Here are just a few reasons visiting a museum benefits your life:
1. Artifacts are portals to the past. Small-scale museums often include local history, offering an even more detailed look into what life may have been like for those living in and around our communities. Museums provide a sense of place, a collective heritage. We include the telephone history of Warner and Bradford, NH, for example.
3. Museums offer a variety of programming which often help to support other local businesses. Our popular special exhibit, “The ART of Conversation” helped to introduce local artists to a wider audience. The museum offered not only a networking opportunity but a chance to sell some of their paintings and sculptures.
4. Museums have gift shops which means they offer another opportunity for employment and a place to support your local economy. While our gift shop is small, we sell different items from craftspeople here in Warner, NH.
5. Museums are hugely important to the overall health of a State’s tourism efforts. It may surprise you to learn that we host visitors from all over the United States, as well as places like Germany, Japan, Norway, and India.