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Dustin’s Adventures Down Under

Earlier this fall, Dustin Growick (Audience Development + Team Lead for Science), has been in Australia speaking at conferences and working with a number of museums to share and model our Museum Hack toolkit of best practices for engaging and retaining new audiences.

His adventures down under first took him to the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, where he spoke to staff, facilitated an audience engagement workshop, and spent time behind-the-scenes exploring their research collections. But you don’t have to take our word for it:

Dustin’s next stop was the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, or TMAG for short. At TMAG Dustin facilitated a series of workshops to help staff reimagine interactive engagement strategies and new ways to interpret their extensive art, maritime, and natural history galleries. And judging from this video, Dustin seemed pretty excited to be there: 

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“The team had the most spectacular time!” – A Team Building In NYC Review Copy

Company team building in NYC with us is so much fun, staff members actually want to come back and tour with us even on their days off!

Last month, a group of our renegade tour guides worked together to create a fun, out-of-the-ordinary team-building tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for a team of 70 that had reached out to WHISK, an event production and design agency headquartered in San Francisco. The group tasked WHISK with finding the perfect team building event that would work their company goals into a fun event that didn’t feel like a chore for staff members to attend.

A group enjoys their team building tour in NYC.
A group enjoys their team building tour in NYC.

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7 Epic Burns in the Tales of Shakespeare

The English language owes a great debt to master storyteller and poet, William Shakespeare. He is credited with creating over 1700 words, and many of his iconic plays have included phrases and idioms that are still in use today, over 400 years since they were originally written. Within his works, Shakespeare also crafted many insults which were subtle, clever, and really dramatic. Below are some of our favorites (in no particular order):

1. “She hath more hair than wit, and more faults than hairs, and more wealth than faults.” –Two Gentlemen of Verona

Modern Translation: “It doesn’t matter that she’s as dumb as a doornail and annoys me a lot – she’s filthy rich.”

Basically, people have been golddiggers for centuries.


2. “Drunkenness is his best virtue, for he will be swine drunk, and in his sleep he does little harm, save to his bedclothes about him.” –All’s Well That Ends Well

Modern Translation: “He’s really only tolerable to be around when he’s passed out, drunk. He doesn’t really say much then.”

We’ve all got that friend who’s really only fun when they’re plastered.


3. “[Thou art] a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy, worsted-stocking knave; a lily-livered, action-taking knave, a whoreson, glass-gazing, super-serviceable finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd, in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch.” –King Lear

Modern Translation (in more or less words, okay definitely more): “You son of a bitch.”

Memorize this, and you can confuse someone AND call them an S.O.B. at the same time.

4. “And thou unfit for anyplace but hell.” –Richard III

Modern Translation: Taking “Go to hell.” One step further – what are you even doing here? You should only be in hell.


5. “You scullion. You rampallian. You fustilarian. I’ll tickle your catastrophe.” –Henry IV

Modern Translation: “You scullion. You rampallian. You fustilarian. I’ll whoop your ass.” Scullion, rampallian, and fustilarian all basically mean “slave” or “servant” but those rolling L’s are far more fun to say.


6. “DEMETRIUS: Villain, what hast thou done? AARON: That which thou canst not undo. CHIRON: Thou hast undone our mother. AARON: Villain, I have done thy mother.” – Titus Andronicus

Modern Translation: “Tell your mom last night was great.”

While “your mom” jokes have been around since 3,500 B.C. or so, this is certainly a notable use of the classic dig.


7. “No longer from head to foot than from hip to hip, she is spherical, like a globe, I could find out countries in her.” – The Comedy of Errors

Modern Translation: “She’s as wide as she is tall. She so fat, I could use her body to map out the world, like a globe.”

If you’re gonna call someone fat, why not go all the way?


Many of our modern insults are similar to the phrases Shakespeare crafted in his plays, but hardly any are as colorful. Much of the Bard’s genius is wrapped up in the delivery of these well crafted insults, they’re often served with the goal that the person being insulted is none the wiser. They would be perfect to try out on your friends as a way of adding some spice and flavor to your conversations.

Museum Hack is not responsible for any loss of friendships accrued during the deployment of these insults.

Why Active Inspiration in Team Building is a Game Changer

Inspiration comes in many different forms. Search Instagram and you’ll find over 57 million photos with the hashtag #inspiration. How about that motivational poster hanging in your office? Or the eye-opening TED Talk that makes you feel like you can conquer the world? While people can draw inspiration from any number of things, there’s no indication that this outside inspiration encourages anyone to actually apply any of the principles to their own lives. Think about when your favorite song comes on the radio. It may make you feel like you can take on the world, but does it result in any action?

This difference seen here can be classified as passive versus active inspiration. Let’s explore the distinction between the two and how to harness the power of active inspiration and put it to work for you and your team. 

A team celebrates their big win on a team building tour in San Francisco with us.
A team celebrates their big win on a team building tour in San Francisco with us.

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Team Building Review: “Everyone had a great time!”

Last month, we teamed up with a group from multinational professional services firm Ernst & Young to take them on an evening tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, all geared toward fostering strong team relationships — and having a great time in the process! Check out what the group thought of the experience in their team building review.

Team members have a fabulous time at the Met.
Team members have a fabulous time at the Met.

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8 TEDx Talks on Museums to Inspire Change and Spur Creativity

It’s no secret that we love museum TEDx Talks. The passionate people and the stories behind them inspire and educate. So, whether you are looking to inspire change and spur creativity at your museum or in your staff, TEDx Talks are a perfect resource. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite TEDx Talks on museums from the past year (some hit the internet just months ago)! These stories focus on everything from breaking tradition to seeing the past as present.

Watch these awesome talks to uncover new and interesting ways to leverage your collections and put your museum at the forefront of change. You’ll find the links for all of the videos at the end of the article.


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An Epic Guide to Team Building in San Francisco

What do Stripe, Facebook, Google, Adobe, and SalesForce have in common?

They’re all part of a growing list of incredible companies that have come on a team building adventure with Museum Hack in San Francisco – and they’ve all loved it.

Museum Hack is a renegade museum tour company that works with businesses and other organizations to help improve group communication, loyalty, and innovation. And here’s the thing: our events are actually fun while still ensuring awesome results.  We adapt every tour to meet the individual needs of each company we work with to achieve all of your team building goals, all while having an incredible time.

Is team building something your company needs? How do you know if your employees would benefit from an afternoon of bonding with Museum Hack?

Read on to find out.

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Best 5 Museum Jobs to Apply for in November

Heads up, museum lovers! If you’re a creative, passionate, innovative museum professional, we’ve rounded up some of the best museum jobs from leading organizations in the month of November that you’re definitely going to want to see.


George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Administrator, Historic Preservation and Collections

Want to work at the most popular historic estate in America? Put your passion for Arts History or American History to good use and check out this position as Administrator of Historic Preservation and Collections at George Washington’s Mount Vernon in beautiful Virginia! As Administrator, you’ll help launch departmental initiatives and projects with colleagues across the estate.

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