Around the world in 50 museums

In Museums on February 23, 2015 at 7:30 am

I’m taking some time out from the day job working on museums and visitor experience to take a round-the-world trip. Some might call it a sabbatical, but it’s actually more of a vacation.

Phileas Fogg was set the challenge of journeying around the world in 80 days. I’m doing it in 50, mostly because I can’t really justify taking 12 weeks off work. And also because the world is a smaller place now. I will cross paths with Fogg only twice – once in San Francisco and again in Hong Kong. It took him 28 days to get between the two cities – it’ll take me just over 11 hours.

But in Around the World in Eighty Days how many museums did Fogg visit? It’s been a while since I read it*, but I don’t recall many museums or galleries on his trip. I think he stopped at a landmark or two, but there were certainly no trips to the museum café or gift shop.

So, to bring the challenge up to date, I intend to try and visit 50 museums in 50 days on my travels. Fogg left London by train at 2045. I’ll be on Virgin Atlantic 1100 to Los Angeles, but like Fogg the clock starts when I leave the UK. We’ll see how I do.
If you want to keep up with progress, I’ll be posting the museums I visit on Instagram museumofsteve.

*I say read, I mean watched the movie and the cartoon adaptation.


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