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I distinctly remember my first trip to a museum. It was the summer before I started school and my parents took me to a local museum to see a special exhibit of artifacts that had been found on an archeological dig in a nearby state. I didn’t truly understand what they were showing me but I was fascinated by seeing clay dishes and pots that were a few thousand years old.“These were used by people who were around way before America was even a country,” my dad explained. “Not even grandpa was born when tribes native to the area made and used these things to cook and eat their meals!”To me as a five-year-old, anything older than my grandfather had to be really, really old.That first visit to a museum instilled in me a fascination of knowing about where we came from. Not only have I taken my own children to museums, whenever I have been able to travel I have tried to schedule a visit to a local museum. I learned about the history of the area as well as coming to appreciate different cultures.But there’s a big difference between my first museum visit and today. Now, when I go into a museum and buy a ticket, I’m usually handed a museum pin with an image of a special exhibit or even just the logo. When I was a little boy, people hadn’t yet discovered the fun, excitement and value of a pin.
Museums can be more than a home for old bones and ancient pots. While many commemorate and remember the past, today others celebrate the present. Modern art museums display the work of contemporary artists – some who are well-known but others that have the work of exceptional young artists in their permanent collection.In America, the Smithsonian Institute may be the best-known museum. Sometimes it is called “The Nation’s Attic” because it has everything from space capsules and airplanes to an early tractor, the first electric stop sign, and bobbins that were used on the first sewing machines in the country.Yet nearly every metropolis, city, hamlet and burgh have their own museums. Some are very large like the Art Institute of Chicago or the Museum of Natural History in New York. Others are small, displaying items from around the local area that played a part in its history. In the middle of Montgomery County Pennsylvania, there is a museum celebrating the life of James Audubon, who studied and catalogued birds. The Gettysburg Museum commemorates the tragedy of the Civil War and President Lincoln’s address after the battle which many historians say was the most important political speech in American history.The point is that museums large and small help us to remember events and explore things large and small. In Toronto, there is a shoe museum and I’ve heard of a museum that collects sewing needles and thumbs!
One of the great things about a custom museum pin is that is can be used to promote an institution, celebrate a special exhibit, reward donors and honor staff and volunteers.At PinProsPlus, we have made custom lapel pins in the shape of ancient creatures, adorned with the likeness of a great artist whose work is part of a special exhibit, that depict historical events and artifacts, and even some that look like the front of the museum. As we like to say, if you can dream it, we can make it!Many museums are surprised at not only the versatility of a pin but at how inexpensive they can cost. Depending on the size of the order and the type of pin needed, they cost as little as 60-cents each. Hardly a budget buster for institutions without a major endowment! And we include everything needed to make and use the custom museum pin:
If you are involved in operating or promoting a museum of any type, feel free to speak with one of our helpful reps at (801) 544-1005. Even if you have just a rough idea of the pin you might want, we will provide advice and ideas – we even can design a concept for you to approve!Get PINspired today! Your visitors, sponsors, staff and volunteers will love you for it.