What does your ideal museum job look like?
My ideal museum job would be to have a job in the museum that has many different aspects to it. The first part would be to have a part in educating people about the items that are in the museum, some kind of educational portion of that where I could help teach about either specific species of animals or a certain exhibit that is at the museum. And part of this educational portion of the job I’d like to have some hands-on items some things that people could actually do or maybe even touch to give them some kind of feeling of what the items are for the background behind some of these items. I think this needs to be a way of incorporating education with some fun kind of items so that way it peaks the interest of the people that are coming in it also creates an educational environment and a learning environment and also makes them want to come back and learn more about the subject or the exhibits or just the museum as a whole. It would also be good to have part of this educational factor to be able to bring in maybe even artist to look at collections and see what they would come up with as pieces of art from an artist standpoint to give them inspiration. And also if there was something that was culturally significant to indigenous people or people that were around and would be nice to be able to incorporate their ideas and their thoughts into exhibit to be more culturally friendly. The second part would be the field work I think if I worked in a museum I would love to be able to go to the field and actually do some fieldwork of collecting objects or viewing sites or even meeting people of the cultures that we have artifacts are coming from. I would also like to be able to travel to different museums and be able to see how those museums operate and how they work from behind the scenes and also having that relationship between museums to museums around the world. Also part of this would be to help with the exhibits or even the cataloging of the pieces that were coming in from all over the world or even if those were just pieces that were in the museum today. I think this is an intricate part of museums and how they work but I also think it would be very interesting to see some of these exhibits or pieces from behind the scenes where you’re actually getting to look or even touch history. In the third part would be for me to come to work every day and just enjoy working in the museum. I think that’s a big part of it for me, is that I want to come to work and enjoyment of wanting to be there and enjoying what I do, the people that I would meet things that I would learn from just working in a museum. So I think if I can find a museum job that had all those things or at least allowed me to work in those different areas I think this would be the ideal museum job for me that I could see myself doing for a long time.
I found this article about museums and how they are operating during Covid. And there’s some really interesting parts to this that I never thought of before and that was some extent of how do you facilitate somebody going through a museum during Covid times. Which means looking at everything from pathways to get around to see the exhibit or the artwork, floor tiles and carpet to guide people, ticketing , lobby and even dealing with traffic flow. Exhibit design is also a factor to make sure there are some different alternative ways to make sure that people are seen the exhibit but also being safe during these Covid times. And that the way that they are starting to incorporate more multi media into these exhibits and some of the just unique ways of people during this timer trying to make sure that people are able to get to a museum. One of the coolest ideas I thought was thinking about doing drive-through museums or immersion while you’re in your car for people.
QUESTION: What new idea would you like to see in a museum? What is something you have seen in a museum that you thought was a great idea?