Museum Sayings and Quotes
Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous
old museum quotes, museum sayings, and museum proverbs, collected over the years from a variety
Real museums are places where Time is transformed into Space.
A museum is a place where nothing was lost, just rediscovered…
Nanette L. Avery
Some of our greatest historical and artistic treasures we place in museums; others, we take for walks.
Museums are custodians of epiphanies, and these epiphanies enter the central nervous system and deep recesses of the mind.
Museums are wormholes to other worlds. They are ecstasy machines. Follow your eyes to wherever they lead you…and the world should begin to change for you.
A museum has to renew its collection to be alive, but that does not mean we give on important old works.
Museums are managers of consciousness. They give us an interpretation of history, of how to view the world and locate ourselves in it. They are, if you want to put it in positive terms, great educational institutions. If you want to put it in negative terms, they are propaganda machines.
Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering - because you can't take it in all at once.
Museums are tombs, and it looks like everything is turning into a museum.
The museum spreads its surfaces everywhere, and becomes an untitled collection of generalizations that mobilize the eye.
The museums and parks are graveyards above the ground- congealed memories of the past that act as a pretext for reality.
Museums are just a lot of lies, and the people who make art their business are mostly imposters. We have infected the pictures in museums with all our stupidities, all our mistakes, all our poverty of spirit. We have turned them into petty and ridiculous things.
Museums should be places where you raise questions, not just show stuff.
A museum is a place where one should lose one's head.
The most basic task of any museum must be the protection of works of cultural significance entrusted to its care for the edification and pleasure of future generations.
A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.
Edmond de Goncourt
That which, perhaps, hears more nonsense than anything in the world, is a picture in a museum.
Jules de Goncourt
Individually, museums are fine institutions, dedicated to the high values of preservation, education and truth; collectively, their growth in numbers points to the imaginative death of this country.
The historical museum has to be very conservative and careful in its choices. The modern museum, on the other hand, has to be audacious, to take chances. It has to consider the probability that it would be wrong in a good many cases and take the consequences later.
Alfred H. Barr, Jr.