Continuing our series of blog posts by Mediators at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Hala shares a tour she gave to students and its impact and inspiration the tour it had on one of the group…
Nowadays, museums are much more than their collection; they are defined by the stories they tell. The Louvre Abu Dhabi tells its story of humanity, through travelling in its permanent and temporary exhibitions, but also through the community hub and social activities around its space. To me, this means that storytelling should always be a collective process to look for the story that best fits the purpose of your tour, because I believe that the most powerful lessons are told through stories.
I was assigned to do my first visit to the Louvre Abu Dhabi tour, and had twenty-two 12th graders from Al Jameela School, and so my tour began. As we entered the grand vestibule and I started explaining the idea of a museum where I usually start this specific kind of tour by asking the group “who is a collector? And what do you collect?” The answers I received were so promising and I knew right then that I’m off to such an optimistic and prosperous tour. Their interactivity was amazing. They were keen on learning everything on their 60 minutes journey.
Throughout the chapters, I delivered comprehensive information about the museum and how does it function, as well as the whole team behind the Louvre Abu Dhabi story and their roles and responsibilities. At the end of the tour, one girl stepped forward and thanked me for the tour, and told me how this one-hour voyage inspired her. Thus, decided to choose an art related major in university so she can come back in four years and be part of the Louvre Abu Dhabi family.