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10 Inspiring Museums on Instagram

by Rohini Wahi

The idea of #lifeatthemuseum conjures up peaceful notions of shared learning, creative industry and companionable co-existence with objects of desire. Recently, I’ve been losing myself in the hypnotic, daily rhythms of niche museums around the world giving Instagram followers privileged access to that coveted, behind-the-scenes action.

Far from shattering illusions, these feeds confirm that creative institutions are the lifeblood of communities – serving up inspiration, educating young families, working tirelessly to catalogue and conserve, and generally making the world a better place! Scroll through any one of these wonderful feeds and I challenge you to disagree.  Rohini

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Fashion & Textile Museum, London: A visual feast of contemporary and archived textiles, eye-popping prints and vintage illustration. This image is a detail of a 1930s Liberty print tea dress in silk georgette.
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Nordiska Museet, Stockholm: Sweden's largest cultural museum, the feed is a treasure trove of cozy Swedish interior settings and retro design inspiration.
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Museo de la Alhambra, Granada: With images of beautiful Spanish-Moorish artifacts, ceramics, architecture and incredible views from the museum gardens (like these ripe-to-bursting pomegranate trees), I’ve become slightly obsessed with this under-the-radar museum in the sunny south of Spain.
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Rijksmuseum, Netherlands: This feed beautifully illustrates how classical art slots perfectly into modern life as the thrum of wonderful museum activity is shown against a backdrop of stunning Dutch art. I love this image of Dutch pop singer Ilse DeLange performing in front of Rembrandt’s "Nightwatch"!
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Les Artes Decoratifs, Paris: I began following this museum on Kelly Wearstler's recommendation; with eccentric and classical displays sitting side-by-side of everything from furniture to altar pieces, religious paintings and objet d’arts. The daily feed is a whirlwind of inspiration.
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Geffrye Museum, London: A small museum specializing in the history of the English domestic interior, you will find a quintessentially British display of original furniture, paintings, textiles and decorative arts. This is an image of one of the museum’s almshouses recreating typical middle-class living rooms from 1600 to the present.
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Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle: This stunning space in Seattle, WA exhibits glass artist Dale Chihuly’s largest suspended sculpture. With smaller, site-specific glassworks and theater and cafe space, this feed has some amazing imagery of vibrant glass art. How completely inspiring is this yoga session?
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Sydney’s Living Museums, Sydney: A feed of 12 historic houses, gardens and museums, here you will find the colorful history of Sydney, from the glamor of private houses, to the working life of Australia’s oldest farmstead and the unnerving gaze of convicts staring out from their past at the Justice and Police Museum.
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All Russian Decorative Arts Museum, Moscow: I think this glorious image of a handmade brooch by Russian artist Maria Knutova says it all…
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House of Illustration, London: Founded by Sir Quentin Blake, best known for his iconic illustrations for Roal Dahl - this sweet feed from The House of Illustration inspires with everything from advertisements to animation, picture books to political cartoons, and scientific drawings to fashion design.

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Comments

  • I manage the Instagram of a smal University museum based in Charlottesville! @fralinmuseumuva
    Also check out @52museums – a different museum from around the world takes over the account each week.

  • Okay so …… glad I did that Insta purge yesterday now I have ten new amazing accounts to follow
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  • Just wanted to say I’m really happy DS has been posting these Instagram feed recommendations. Every time you do I find some fun and unexpected new accounts to follow. Cheers!

  • Wow Grace – you just really really upgraded my Instagram feed – thank you! I love it that these places are all small and a little off the radar – and wonderful.

  • Just when I was getting bored of my Instagram fed. Thank you so much Grace! Just with the Fashion and Textile Museum I have eye candy forever! And I’ll check out the ones recommended above me, too :)

  • Thank you very much for including the Fashion and Textile Museum @fashiontextilemuseum in #lifeatthemuseum. We are happy to have discovered you!
    This year we are exploring tie-dye, Missoni and the 1920s Jazz Age if any of those strike a chord. Thanks again and we hope to see you in London.

  • We’re delighted to be featured here, thank you very much! We’ve got some new Insta projects in the pipeline including relaunching our #londonillustrated tag – encouraging people to share wonderful illustrated things they see around the city – and some sneak previews of our Russian Soviet Children’s Books exhibition.

    Thanks as well for the rest of the list, we’re off to follow them all!

  • I was just looking round the Internet for posts on museum instagrams and came across this one. Thanks for some great inspiration, I help run a small Danish museum’s Instagram (@vejenkunstmuseum) so it’s nice to see what other museums do :)

  • Please check out @hi_shangrila on instagram!
    Shangri La is a house museum of Islamic art in Hawaii and I have been experimenting with what a museum’s instagram can look like:)

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