Creative thinking requires you to fill your head with interesting stimuli. This takes effort. Because life’s most interesting elements don’t just show up on your doorstep like Ed McMahon, with a giant check, balloons and a camera crew. That’s why I make a regular point of visiting museums.
Long before social media and hipster shopping sites made curation seem like a cool new idea, museums around the world began curating facts, images, stories, ideas and experiences. Museum-style binge-learning helps you stretch your mind in unexpected directions. This is good for everyone. But essential for professional creative thinkers, like me.
I visit the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry at least once a year. But there is so much to see that I always find new things to tickle my brain. Here are a smattering of things that caught my attention this weekend.
9 Things That Stretched My Brain
1. Sea Dragons
2. The Helicoprion
3. Vertical Farms
4. Our Proximity to Space
5. Zheng He’s Treasure Ship
6. The Rate of Extinction
7. The Tiger River Stingray
8. How Sue Got Its name
9. How They Got The Boeing 727 to The Museum
If you want to think in new and more interesting ways, you have to continue to feed your brain new and more interesting food. There is no better way to expand your thinking than exploring a museum. I encourage you to find one near you with a reciprocal membership that offers access to museums in other cities. That way you can see great museums whenever you travel. Or better yet, you’ll have great new reasons to travel.
Bonus Points: Can anyone name the art museum in the featured image at the top of this post? Leave your guesses in the comment section!