The Complex Interplay of Experiences During a Museum Visit (in Corona Times)

The Complex Interplay of Experiences During a Museum Visit (in Corona Times)

On 1 June 2020 at 12.00hrs, Dutch museums will reopen their doors now that the government is easing on the regulations. But why visit a museum in the first place? Nynke Feenstra explains how a museum visit is part of a complex interplay of experiences that transcend the time and place of your visit.

Museums harness that experience by exposing you to a triangular-shaped piece of cake with a white, glossy cream topping, which can be a treat to the eye. But it is not to practice your formal analysis skills that the pie is served for. It is more likely that a piece of apple pie affects your museum experience in a more subtle way. Going to a museum is more than looking at art alone. Even though, many museums went online in the past weeks because of corona, such as in the series #rijksmuseumfromhome, the stories of curators might not compare to the physical experience in the same way as when we visit the Rijksmuseum in real life. In this vlog, Nynke untangles the museum experience and uncovers some of the conscious and unconscious elements that decide whether your museum experience is mouthwatering or bittersweet.

Nynke Feenstra: 'Why does apple pie with whipped cream affect your museum experience?


This vlog has also appeared in the video series LUCAS Explains on 10 March 2020. In the video series LUCAS Explains, young researchers tell about current societal and cultural topics from a historical or fresh point of view. The subjects range from diversity to national identity and from inclusiveness to migration. The videos stretch the history from the Classics to the present and from Europe to Asia. LUCAS Explains is published every other Tuesday. LUCAS Explains is a video series of Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society and SOON media Amsterdam.


Rijksmuseum voor Oudheden, the Netherlands
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
Leiden University
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