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The trend seems to have started in the U.K. on Wednesday, but museums around the world began using the #MuseMeme hashtag, not only to show off their collections, but to give patrons a peek at life behind the scenes in the museum world.
The results are every bit as nerdy and wonderful as you might hope.
When your friend from Norway (who's always late - but promised that it'd be different this time) is running late again and it feels like you've been waiting for them on a beach on the Isle of Lewis for centuries...— National Museums Scotland (@NtlMuseumsScot) August 22, 2018
Explore this story at https://t.co/cdcGIpM3oc#MusMeme pic.twitter.com/bVOjZyMmxa
Museums not only used items from their own collections, but embraced some classic meme formats.
And, obviously, people weren’t going to let the museums have all the fun. It wasn’t long before everyone started getting in on #MuseMeme.
These memes are all amazing and hilarious, but the most amazing part is that there’s most likely a museum somewhere close to you with either cheap or free admission. You can see everything from 1,000-year-old statues to contemporary works of art by members of your own community.
For the love of god, just don’t touch anything, they hate that.
The #MuseMeme hashtag was a special one-day event, but don’t feel bad if you missed the fun. The next #MuseumSelfie day is January 17 and you have plenty of time left to prepare.
Tomorrow Jan 17th is #MuseumSelfie day. If you want to use #MuseumSelfieDay2018 or #MuseumSelfieDay I really don’t mine! It’s about sharing and showing the fun side of museums, art galleries, etc. Just have fun! @CultureThemes and @MuseumSelfieDay are also on Instagram pic.twitter.com/jdSe6omzYY— MuseumSelfie (@MuseumSelfieDay) January 16, 2018
David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.