115 Times People Proved Museums And Galleries Can Be Very Fun


Museums are so much fun, it’s ridiculous that it’s not against the law. We absolutely love walking (remember, no running!) down the corridors of art galleries, as well as science and history museums. But while we’re absorbing all of that knowledge and human genius, we also remember to have a spot of fun. This article is all about that.


Our team here at Bored Panda has curated this list of those glorious moments when people had tons of fun at museums. Have a scroll and stroll down our digital gallery and remember to touch the art as much as you’d like. Oh, and if you have a favorite museum, why not let us know all about it in the comments? For instance, we’re huge fans of the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.


#1 This Art Completes Me


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#2 So I Went To A Museum


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#3 Close Enough


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Even though we’re major fans of museums, we also understand that not everyone is. Hopefully, this list will change your mind. Some people find museums intimidating. Boring. Even snooty. But that’s far from the case in our experience.


Good museums make art, history, and science approachable and enjoyable. There’s nothing to be gained by turning someone away. And there’s everything to gain by sparking joy and curiosity in someone’s heart. In short, learning is a lot of fun. But teaching? There’s something even more magical there.


#4 Took Kids To A Children's Museum. My Five-Month-Old Fell Asleep Before We Got There But We Didn't Let That Stop Her From Having A Blast


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#5 Abraham Lincoln: Dog Walker (Taken Outside NYHS Museum)


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#6 "Kevin? What Have They Done To You?" Decided To Spend Halloween At The Museum Of Natural History. Great Decision


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One way to spread awareness and interest in art and history is through memes on social media. One successful example of this is the ‘Classical Damn’ Instagram account. Bored Panda recently spoke to the founder of the project who found a lot of success when they mixed classical paintings with modern captions.


In short, the memes made classical art very relatable because they touched on topics that we all care about. From relationships and coronavirus to politics and religion.


#7 Visited The Modern Art Museum Today. Fascinating Stuff


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#8 Had An Electric Day At The Children’s Museum


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#9 All The Single Ladies


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"Even though the paintings are hundreds of years old, their expressions and captions make it seem they are one of us," they told Bored Panda.


"In my opinion, art and art history can be made more accessible by increasing public access to art spaces. Instagram has done a tremendous job in this by providing a platform to artists, content creators, and curators," the creator of 'Classical Damn' said.


#10 We Put Glasses On The Floor At An Art Gallery


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#11 I Spotted This Today At The Cleveland Museum Of Natural History


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#12 My Husband Thoroughly Enjoyed The Science Museum


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"More and more people have started appreciating art after seeing them on their feeds and then trying to learn more about their backgrounds. Technology has made its interpretation and access inclusive. The future is going to be an exciting period for art and I'm looking forward to it,” they shared their thoughts.


However, former art gallery director Shelby Bercume from Florida disagrees that art and history aren’t approachable. She sees art as an intrinsic part of our daily lives.


#13 Houston Museum Of Natural Science’s Humor


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#14 Found This Museum In Estonia. Had To Do It


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#15 Absolute Madlad


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"Art is not snooty and complicated. Art is in literally everything we do, it makes the world go round. It is how we market, it’s what we decorate our homes with, heck it is what we decorate ourselves with," she shared her opinion with Bored Panda.


"You literally cannot turn around without seeing some form of art, in architecture, logos, billboards, television, everything. And that came from somewhere," she said that, from her perspective, the idea that art is unapproachable is archaic.


#16 So My Drivers Ed Teacher Only Has 3 Fingers On His Left Hand And Took Advantage Of It When He Went To A Museum


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#17 Went To A Museum Armed With Face App To Brighten Up A Lot Of The Sombre Looks On The Paintings And Sculptures. The Results


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#18 Girlfriend And I Enjoyed The Illusion Museum Very Differently


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"Everything is cyclical. We develop new styles that hold qualities of the old while still addressing and innovating in the now. So do I think there will be an exact regurgitation of the older movements? No. But I do think we can see common themes from what once was," Shelby mused about whether or not we’ll see a renaissance of classical art.


"I don’t think I could pick one movement that would be my favorite, but I am very fond of the Rococo movement. I love the frivolousness and whimsey of it. It was idealistic and excessive and a bit of an absurd expression of a carefree lifestyle," the art history expert told Bored Panda.


#19 My Girlfriend Thought She Lost Me At The Art Gallery Today


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#20 Found My Ex In The Natural History Museum


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#21 This Is How To Enjoy A Visit To A Museum


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"It definitely shows the disconnect of the French aristocracy from the plights of the common people, but for me, in this day and age, it serves as an idealistic escape into whimsy and a carefree land of nonsense. It just makes me giggle."


Shelby believes that we can appreciate art without delving too deeply. There isn’t always something “to get” when it comes to art.


#22 A Guest Dropped A Pacifier In The Cypress Swamp Exhibit At The Virginia Living Museum Today. Someone Was Quick To Take Advantage


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#23 Took My Daughter To A Van Gogh Exhibition


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#24 Historical Figures Lined Up For Reopening Of Museum Of Gloucester


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"If you don’t care for one style of art, there are plenty others to choose from. I have never really understood why there is such a block. Art is what you make of it, if you don’t like 'x,' move on to 'y.' And if you really want to understand something, do your research and dive into it. Figure out what the beginnings were. What is the artist trying to say? Are they trying to say anything? Is it for aesthetics? Are you supposed to interpret it or are you looking too far into it? You don’t have to understand everything to like it, and you don’t have to like everything to appreciate it. If you can’t get past disliking a particular movement, you can find another one."


#25 It's Art


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#26 Went To The Museum Of Anthropology Today And I Can't Unsee


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#27 Went To The Shanghai Natural History Museum Today. I Think The Taxidermist Was Out Sick On Lion Day


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#28 Me And My Girlfriend At The Trick Art Museum


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#29 The Natural History Museum In Cleveland Hides Cheeseburgers Around Their Exhibits


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#30 People Were Asked To Write Down Their Fear At A Museum Exhibit


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#31 Found In Museum Of Earth Sciences In Cambridge


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#32 My Daughter Is At The Ivan The Terrible Torture Museum. I Consider This A Masterpiece


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#33 Took A Panoramic Photo At A Museum And Ended Up Making It Look Like This Girl Has The Ultimate Selfie Hand


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#34 So Anyway, I'm Banned From The Children's Museum


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#35 My Local Museum Is Holding A Star Wars Exhibition On The 5th Of December, And To Promote It, People/Staff Are Dressing Up As Characters From The Series And Walking Through Town


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#36 Spent 2 Hours Looking For This At The Natural History Museum (London): Totally Worth It


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#37 Noticed You Guys Like Accidental Green Screen Pics. My Son Wore A Green Hoodie To A Pompeii Exhibit. We Ran With It


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#38 My Friend Went To The Museum And Made Art Of The Selfie


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#39 Rare Statue Of Michael Jackson Spotted At The Field Museum In Chicago


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#40 Museum-Goers Touched The "Please Touch" Sign Instead Of The Rock


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#41 I Was At The National Gallery In Slovakia And Noticed They Use Star Wars Wallpaper On One Of The Walls In A 19th-Century Art Exhibit


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#42 Went To Museum And They Had A Working Piano They Had This Sign


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#43 Found This At My Local Art History Museum


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#44 When I Was 10, I Also Visited The Lamborghini Manufacturing Plant & Museum. My Dad Was A Little More Creative About Taking A Picture Of Me


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#45 Took My Mom To An Art Museum This Weekend And Had Some Fun With The Snapchat Filters


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#46 I Work In A Museum. This Is How I Spend My Break


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#47 Guy At A Modern Art Gallery


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#48 Went To The Museum Today


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#49 My Friend Visited A Wax Museum


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#50 You Wouldn't Believe It Either


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#51 My Brother At An Art Gallery


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#52 "I'm Henry The 8th I Am"


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#53 These Dinosaurs Wearing Masks At The Indianapolis Children's Museum


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#54 Wearing Art


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#55 My Little Cousins Wanted To Know Why The Art Museum Had A Painting Of Their Uncle


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#56 A Butterfly Landed On This Girl's Nose At The Smithsonian Natural History Museum


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#57 This Is Why They Usually Don't Let Me In To Museums


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#58 Guy Visits The Museum Of Illusions Alone, Gets A Museum Worker To Help Him With The Pictures


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#59 Mr. Bean Has Reach Enlightenment. British Museum


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#60 Museum Fun


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#61 My Sister's Boyfriend, Admiring The Sculptures At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art In NYC


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#62 The Unnamed Soldier Was My Guide At The Game Of Thrones Exhibition


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#63 Solid Life Advice From The Local Museum


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#64 First Nations “White Man” Mask Looks A Lot Like Nic Cage


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#65 Almost Got Kicked Out Of The National Museum Of The Philippines For This Pic


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#66 Ok, Whatever Karen (Sao Paolo Museum Of Art)


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#67 As We're Doing Funny Exhibition Cards, Here's An Old Favorite Of Mine From An Exhibition At The National Maritime Museum


No, I don't like going abroad I went to Wales and I cried


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#68 The Fire Exit Sign In This Egyptian Museum Is A Pharaoh Running


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#69 Dustin Hoffman Looks Jealous Of My Mom And John Travolta At A Wax Museum


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#70 Bennett’s Face


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#71 The WiFi Password At The Museum Of Broken Relationships In Zagreb, Croatia


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#72 My Local Zoo Has An Empty "Drop Bear" Exhibit


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#73 Took My Son To A Modern Art Museum And Told Him That He Needs To Really Think About The Art And What They Are Trying To Say


I am not sure... But I think I have a smarty on my hands.


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#74 Just Had A Sleepover At The Natural History Museum


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#75 Visited A RAF Museum In Cornwall And Saw This Police Statement


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#76 So I Found This Dog Portrait In A Museum In France


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#77 This Castle Has Been Painted 6 Days A Week With About 2 Gallons Of Paint Each Day For The Past Year And A Half. At The Phoenix Children's Museum


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#78 At The Bangkok Museum Of Natural History The T-Rex Is Wearing A Facemask With A Dinosaur Pattern


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#79 Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux’s La Danse Sculpture Found At The Musee d'Orsay


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#80 My Wife Got This Pic Of Me Staring Incredulously At A Whale Dong In The Icelandic Phallological Museum


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#81 The Sign I Saw At A Museum


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#82 My Friend And I Set His Watch And Sunglasses Down In An Abstract Art Exhibit At The DMA


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#83 These Face-Swapping Apps Are The Most Fun In Museums


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#84 Took A Picture Of My Brother At The Museum Of Natural History (When You See It)


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#85 Someone Donated A Psyduck To The Natural History Museum


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#86 My Wife Isn't Impressed


She doesn't get the whole jump-shot thing, but she thought this was funny cause it made her think of how they "blue-skadoo" on Blue's Clues.


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#87 Found This Legendary Sign In A History Museum At A Dance Exhibit


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#88 This Sign Of Hobo Symbols At Railroad Museum


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#89 This Art Museum In Denmark Lets You Scratch A Lamborghini


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#90 This Happy Guy I Saw On The Rear Of A Museum Aircraft


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#91 Kelvingrove Museum Getting Into The Christmas Spirit


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#92 Spotted In A Museum In Riga About “What Can I Do For Latvia?”


"Not much. I'm only a tourist, but I'll recommend it to my non-existent friends."


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#93 In 2009, I Wore An Abe Lincoln Costume To Attend An Abe Lincoln Museum Exhibit. In The Middle Of Summer. People Thought I Worked There And Took Photos With Me


Nope, just a big Lincoln fan.


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#94 Zuckerberg Prototypes On Display At Museum Of Moving Image


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#95 My Girlfriend Is Studying Abroad In France This Semester And She Saw This Today At The Museum Of The French Revolution In Vizille


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#96 My Buddies And I Did This With Every Painting We Were Able To At The Museum


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#97 The Face Of Your Nightmares


#98 I Saw This Outside A Gallery In Brussels


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#99 Spotted In A Gallery In Florence. John Wick: Renaissance Man


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#100 I See The Science Museum Has Made Good Use Of Their 3D Printer. That's A Doorstop


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#101 This Museum Has Taxidermised Animals Randomly Hidden About In Odd Places, Behind Other Exhibits And So On


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#102 The T-Rex Skull In A Mask. Walk-Ins Welcome


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#103 A Bit Of Fun At The Louvre. I Was An Exhibit For 30 Seconds. I Think I Need A Bigger Head. Or Maybe A Smooshy Nose


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#104 This Mosaic Wall Art At A Museum In Tunisia Floored Me


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#105 These Two Lions From Today's Gallery Visit


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#106 Wife Made Me Go To Art Museum. I Found A Way To Make It Fun


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#107 When I Brought My 9-Month-Old Niece To The British Museum. Dunno Why But Still Makes Me Laugh


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#108 Why The Long Face?


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#109 Merry Christmas From The Louvre Museum


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#110 Funny Countdown At The Smithsonian National Museum Of Natural History


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#111 Passive-Aggressive Sign At My Local Museum


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#112 Our Friends From Sncewips Museum Played A Little "Trickolas Cage" On Us


Jasmine, our exhibition coordinator, stumbled upon this treasure during her work day.


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#113 The National Museum Of New Zealand Is Trying To Name A New Species Of Fish


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#114 My Friend's Grandpa Visited A Wax Museum In Vegas


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#115 Just A Kitty-Copter At Our Local Museum


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