Five Things You Didn't Know About Museums

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Some people think it’s a boring visit, while others find that there’s nothing more enriching than walking through its halls. Museums conserve important parts of society, caring for artifacts and other objects of significant artistic, cultural, historical, or scientific value. Among the more iconic ones include Paris’ Louvre, Beijing’s National Museum of China, and New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery in London. But what else don’t you know about the museums of the world?

Mr. Milk Chocolate

Over 71,000 books, antiquities and natural specimens made for a generous donation to the country by Sir Hans Sloane back in 1753. The British physician, naturalist and collector may be famous for bequeathing his personal collection to the nation, that went on to provide the museum’s foundation, was also the inventor of milk chocolate.

Rubbish, Just Rubbish!

For 16 years, all that was on display in Stratford, Connecticut’s The Garbage Museum was pure rubbish – literally! Sadly, the quirky museum closed in 2011. Perhaps too many people found that the exhibits were nothing more than garbage. Lucky for us, there is yet another museum of trash. Not too far away lies New York City's ‘Treasures In The Trash Museum’, which highlights three decades of New York City's trash.

Museum of Death

Of the more gory museums in the world, Hollywood’s Museum of Death includes a nasty head severed by the guillotine in France. If that’s not nauseating enough, look out for Liberace’s stuffed cat…

The Ancient ‘Museum’

The ‘museums’ of history were basically the halls of palaces and religious institutions, where larger, more expensive artworks were displayed since they were commissioned by monarchs and religious institutions. It was not uncommon for religious institutions to function as an art gallery of the era, especially in classical times, though it is hard to pinpoint exactly how these ‘galleries’ were accessible to the public, if at all. The artwork, along with precious objects, were mostly donations from Wealthy Roman collectors.

The World’s Most Visited Museum Is…

In case you already a bit wild guess just looking the overflowing crowds outside the Louvre, you’re on to something – the Louvre is indeed the most visited museum in the world, with more than 9 million visitors reported annually. The iconic museum opened in the late 18th century, and while it only has 537 paintings at the time of its opening in 1793, the Louvre holds approximately 35,000 objects today.

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