Our Mission

Here is your mission: 5 Great Museum Mission Statements

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1) The Umbrella Cover Museum in Peaks Island, Maine.

“…is dedicated to the appreciation of the mundane in everyday life. It is about finding wonder and beauty in the simplest of things, and about knowing that there is always a story behind the cover.”

I don’t know about you, but I feel inspired. I may not own an umbrella, or an accompanying cover for that matter, but if I ever find myself in Peaks Island, Maine you better believe I’ll stop by to learn about what I am missing.

2) The Museum of Bad Art in Deadham, Massachussetts.

“…to bring the worst of art to the widest of audiences.”

Short, sweet, and to the point. Proving there is no accounting for taste, but at least you can have a sense of humor about it.

3) The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Now an exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota.)

“Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach, it is desirable, in order to break through the tyranny, that people should be eccentric. Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded…and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor and moral courage it contained. That so few dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.” -John Stuart Mill, “On Liberty”

Um, exactly. Wait, I thought only rich people could be eccentric? Everyone else is just plain crazy. Oh well, dream big.

4) The Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville, Texas.

“The Texas Prison Museum shall collect, preserve, and showcase the history and culture of the Texas prison system and educate the people of Texas and of the world.”

Did they mention they’re in Texas? Certainly conveys a sense of place. Only issue: doesn’t exactly make clear what they plan to educate the people of Texas, oh, and the rest of us, about.

5) The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“…to preserve the history of the towing and recovery industry, to educate the children of the world, and all of society, about said industry, and to honor those individuals who have made significant changes, and have dedicated precious time throughout our industry.”

Apparently there was an urgent need for an establishment for passionate towing and recovery enthusiasts to gather, and that need has been filled. Thank you.

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Glass replicates life

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The National Mall and its Chicago roots

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Check out the new exhibits at the Museum of Online Museums

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Staten Island isn’t so bad. Look, it even has museums.

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Oxford Museum lives to see another day

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Art museum trail

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Smart kids learn about…museums.

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Meanwhile, Barak is headed to Orlando. Well, at least a gumball version is.

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Michelle Obama’s dress is headed to the Smithsonian

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