Meet Adrian Wittenberg

Museum Hack - Renegade Tours

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Today, we’re talking to Adrian, one of our badass renegade tour guides! Get to know Adrian (like why she wants to be a Capybara!), then come on tour with her!
 
 

Museum Hack: Why did you apply to work with Museum Hack?
Adrian: I could not pass up the job title: Renegade Tour Guide. As a child, I got to run around and explore museums. This is a chance for me to share that childhood joy with others. I stalked Museum Hack online, wrote to them of my love for the museums of San Francisco, threw in some high-falutin words about museums as temples to human expression and self-discovery, and topped it all off with a parody video modeled on the staff profiles already on their website.
 
Museum Hack: Tell us about one of your favorite Museum Hack experiences.
Adrian: One of my most powerful experience with Museum Hack was not leading a tour, but being a guest on one. When I visited New York, I was able to take my teenage cousin on the Badass Bitches tour of The Met. It was a chance not just to show her what Museum Hack does, but also introduce her to amazing stories of women from history and concepts of feminism and empowerment that I wish I had known at a younger age. She loved it and we had a great time. San Francisco now has a Badass Bitches tour of our own and being able to contribute to the creation of that tour was extremely meaningful.
 
Museum Hack: What’s a fun fact that most people don’t know about you?
Adrian: I once fought a man in his 60s. It ended with a jovial handshake.
 

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Museum Hack: If you had to be trapped in the Museum overnight, what would you do?
Adrian: My night at the de Young would involve a lot of spinning. In the Papau New Guinea gallery they have bull roarers that just look like thin stone or wooden disks sitting in their case with out explanation. If you hook them to a string and spin them around, they make a deep sort of humming or buzzing noise and were used to communicate over long distances. There is also a stool from Ghana with a decorative wooden soccer ball carved between two feet. It looks completely unassuming, but that ball actually spins on it’s mount. I’ve always wanted to give it a flick just to be sure. I would probably also try on the Nick Cave sound suit on the first floor, experience it from the inside, take it for a spin.
 
Museum Hack: If you could work at any museum, which one would you choose?
Adrian: The Exploratorium! It is all about play, indulging your curiosity, and making discoveries. They have an exhibit that slowly drops crumbles of dry ice into a pool of water. You can watch how they spin, and dance, and slowly evaporate as it changes states. Then, just as the last dot is about to disintegrate into nothing, a new batch of dry ice drops into the pool.
 
Museum Hack: If you were to be reincarnated as an animal, which would it be and why?
Adrian: Capybara. They are quite sociable and live in groups, they appreciate going for a swim, and have the most adorable babies. I read Bill Peet’s Capyboppy as a kid and it gave me a love and appreciation for them.
 
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