Seated Bliss

Benches are a part of the museum experience. They’re located outside of big museums and inside small galleries. We sit on them while we’re waiting for our families to fill up their water bottles and use them to rest while we ponder great works of art. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, located in Dallas, Texas, use their benches not only as seating spaces but also as vehicles of learning.

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At first, they seem like normal museum benches, ready to ease our museum fatigue mid-way through the afternoon.

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But as you approach, the message unfolds.

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The benches, located inside and outside of galleries, give visitors small tid-bits of information about science, nature, and the world around us.

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For instance, did you know that?! I didn’t!

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Believe me, we tried!

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Some benches relate directly to exhibits while others are more random.

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I saved my favorite for last. The orange strip has 430 dots of it for each of the bugs we accidentally eat.

What a great way to start some conversations while having a little fun. What does your museum do that’s out of the ordinary in the name of education, science or otherwise?

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About catebay

Informal educator working in the world of art. Interests in public programming and community advocacy. Loves learning about people, collecting blue mason jars, and consuming Swedish fish.
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