This past spring, I heard a museum professional say that they would never visit a particular museum institution, the only explanation for this seemed to be that the subject matter wasn’t of interest to them. I found this to be a discouraging statement and one that has stuck with me, as I assume that some people may feel the same way about the herbarium. However, I am of the firm belief that a museum is only as interesting as you allow it to be; if you are curious, there is something there for you to learn. Connections abound within the herbarium cabinet, but the first step to realizing them is opening it up.
For more on Chad's summer experience, head over to the Museums Studies Program Link