A good museum can be an anchor.
Museums often form the building blocks of trip planning. Though what happens outside museum walls may be more memorable, museum-going adds structure and purpose to travel days.
Museums can give you a quick glimpse of a country’s achievements, or showcase what the culture values, or capture and preserve a historic era and way of life.
Reassuring to return to over time, museums can provide a cultural anchor, a personal touchstone, a place of stillness and understanding, a sense of solidity in a changing world.
Think of Holden Caulfield in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye visiting the Natural History Museum:
The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right
where it was. Nobody'd move. You could go there a hundred thousand times, and that Eskimo would still be just finished catching those two fish, the birds would still be on their way south, the deers would still be drinking out of that water hole... Nobody'd be different. The only thing that would be different would be you. Not that you'd be so much older or anything. It wouldn't be that exactly. You'd just be different, that's all.
What are your favorite museums and why?