An offhand remark I made in my review of the The Statue of Liberty Museum got me thinking about emoji and museums and museum emoji. I have mixed feelings about emoji, especially as the character set nears hanzi/kanji numbers. They’re complex, and just as open to misinterpretation as any form of communication. Sometimes an eggplant is just an eggplant. On the other hand, adding a visual component to dry text communication can enrich it. And they’re fun.
Anyway, I started pondering what some of my favorite New York City museums would be called in emoji. And I decided, why not make a game of it? Here’s some museums rendered emojically. Most are pretty famous, though a couple are obscure.
See how many you can decode! 🤔🏆
Hover or tap on the blocked out spaces to reveal the answers, or click/tap on the emoji to go to my review.
|🗽🏛||The Statue of Liberty Museum|
|🦁📚📚📚🦁||New York Public Library|
|👴🏻🎩💰💰💰🏠🖼🏛||The Frick Collection|
|👴🏻🎩💰💰💰💰📚📚🖼🏛||The Morgan Library|
|🐖➕🤒➕🏋➡🔟💵🇺🇸🏠||Hamilton Grange. This was hard; I went with ham+ill+ton plus the $10 bill.|
|♻➕🌳🌳🌳⚰💀||Green-Wood Cemetery. There should be a gravestone emoji!|
|🏛🔞🍆🍑💦||Museum of Sex|
|🇺🇸🏛🐋🐘🌖☄🔭🌎🌳🌿💎🔬||American Museum of Natural History|
|🛳⛴🚢⚓🏭🏛||Maritime Industry Museum|
|⛪😇✍📖🌍🔚👼||Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. Only works if you know he wrote the Book of Revelation.|
|🏛🏙🍎🚕🚇🐀||Museum of the City of New York|
|🏛👘➡👗🚂➡🚅☎➡📱🖼||Museum of Modern Art. It’s ironic given that emoji are officially part of MoMA’s collection, but I had the hardest time coming up with a way to represent “modern.”|
|👵🏻💰💰💰🏛🇺🇸🖼||Whitney Museum of American Art. I got nothing for “Whitney” But museum of American art should suffice.|
Clearly I could do this all day. But I won’t.