Whether you are an art aficionado or you haven’t spent time in a museum since your fourth grade field trip, visiting a museum offers countless benefits. Even beyond the obvious incentives of learning more about art, history and culture, you can get a lot of out of a grown-up field trip to a museum:
Museums reduce stress.
If you’re feeling tense and anxious, head to the nearest museum. A University College London study shows that museums reduce stress by reducing social isolation, increasing a sense of community and belonging, teaching new skills and providing a positive distraction.
Museums make you more creative.
Have you hit a creative rut? Exploring a museum allows you to experience new visual things. The change of environment and plethora of inspiration sources will recharge your creativity.
Museums offer glimpses into the best that new places have to offer.
It’s nearly impossible to fit in all major attractions when you’re visiting a new city or country. Visiting a museum allows you to learn about that place’s history, culture and art all in one convenient place.
Museums improve your well-being.
A Norwegian researcher found that for patients with physical and psychological limitations that prevent them from exercising, a museum relieves tension in the same way that physical activity does. So the next time you’re exercising, jog to your local museum to double the benefits.