Monday, February 1, 2010

5 Reasons to Follow a Museum Today

Today is Follow a Museum Day on Twitter!  Not on Twitter? Check out my post about Twitter to get started: I Heart Twitter

There are hundreds of museums on Twitter including huge museums like:
  • @MetMuseum (New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art) 
  • @NMNH (the Smithsonian's National Museum of National History)
  • @MuseodelPrado (the Museo Nacional del Prado in Spain)
  • @V_and_A (the Victoria and Albert Museum in London)  
But there are also tons of smaller, regional museums tweeting including:
Why follow museums on Twitter?  
Well, here are my 5 Reasons to Follow a Museum Today:
  1. Tweeps like @Exploratorium tweet great water cooler trivia and fun images to perk up your day. Check out this one from @NatHistoryWhale:
  2. @Tate and other museums often do giveaways in conjunction with their current exhibitions.  @iheartsam recently gave away copies of my book + tix to their Michelangelo exhibit in a tweet-to-win contest!
  3. Hear about special events, concerts, and speakers. Today @HolocaustMuseum is tweeting about a talk by Professor Susan Suleiman coming up next week.
  4. Stay up-to-date on current exhibits, acquisitions, and museum news.  That's how I heard that @KimbellArt bought a Michelangelo and that the King Tut Exhibit was headed to @deyoungmuseum!
  5. Museums need and deserve your support! These are rough times for even the largest museums.  Love science, technology, art, history, dinosaurs, plants, fashion, music... there's a museum for everyone.  Find and follow one today!
My Recommendations:
I have my own list of favorite museum tweeps:  Follow the whole list, and you'll never miss another great tweet!

Additionally, the Follow a Museum Day sponsors have collected a very thorough directory of museums, sorted by country:

Oh, and by the way... I took all of these photos at @artsmia a few months ago!


jessiev said...

YAY!! thanks so much, angela. i am off to subscribe to your WHOLE list. thank you!

Travelogged said...

Great list! I'm going to follow all of them.

Welcome back! If you haven't already, I hope you'll subscribe to my RSS feed so we can stay in touch. Ciao!


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