5 Reasons Why You Should Date a Museum Worker (And 1 Reason Why You Shouldn’t)

Ashleigh Hibbins

Museum Professional

We’ve already proven how museum professionals make great employees, but did you know they also make delightful dates? From muscles toned from artifact lifting to gift shop discounts, here are our top five reasons why you should date a museum worker – plus one reason not to, just in case you thought we were biased.

#1 – They give great gifts

Museums are well-known as sources for unique and thoughtful gifts – so just imagine how great birthdays and anniversaries would be if your S/O went to one every day.

That dream can become a reality if you date a museum worker. They’ve got unlimited access to a museum gift shop and probably a healthy staff discount, so you can expect awesome and more plentiful presents.

With a museum worker in your life, you’ll never have to practice your ‘trying to hide my disappointment about this bad gift’ face again.

…But if you get a gift from the Titanic Store it could be a bad sign. Photo: Titanic Belfast via Flickr

#2 – They’re probably in good shape

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, but if you like to be held by muscular arms or stroll next to shapely legs, a museum worker could be the person for you.

It’s a common misconception that museum professionals spend their days reading ancient tomes and pondering the mysteries of the past. In reality, many museum jobs are intensely physical, from front-of-house staff spending all day on their feet talking to visitors, to conservators moving heavy objects in and out of storage, to facilities teams setting up for big events.

My original motivation for becoming a museum worker at age 10 was that I thought curators got to take naps on the old-fashioned beds. Boy, would my younger self be disappointed right now.

Bottom line is: museum workers have muscles – and make great moving help too.

#3 – Your dates will be more interesting (and affordable)

We already know that museums are great date spots, so imagine how much more epic they could be when that date is with your own personal tour guide?  

Museum workers have insider knowledge of the coolest exhibitions and cultural events in your area, so you’ll never run out of date ideas. What’s more, many employees get free or discounted admission to other museums and exhibitions – so you can save while you smooch.

Just don’t insist on a rendezvous at the museum they work at. I mean – would you want to have first date surrounded by your boss and coworkers?

#4 – They look great in a uniform

Who doesn’t love a man or woman in uniform? Maybe a museum uniform isn’t what you initially had in mind, but once you see how dashing they look as they stride confidently through the galleries, we’re sure you’ll change your mind. No matter what your taste, there is a museum uniform for you, from the V&A’s controversial modern fashions

Photo: Dezeen, https://www.dezeen.com/

…to historical reenactors for the more traditional tastes:

Roman cavalry in Carnuntum. Photo: Gerhard Salomon via Wikimedia

Who wouldn’t want to be whisked away by one of these dashing Roman cavalry reenactors from Carnuntum historic site in Austria?

#5 – They’re not probably not motivated by money

Let’s face it: the museum sector isn’t exactly the most lucrative career choice, especially for those at the early stages of their careers. So most museum workers are motivated by their passion for the subject rather than money. This is good news anyone looking for a lover who puts passion over paycheques.

Just as long as you don’t mind picking up the bill more often.

And one reason not to: films will be ruined forever

…or at least the ones about your sweetheart’s expertise. If you enjoy a bit of period drama, archaeology adventure, or science fiction without a constant stream of critiques about accuracy in your ear, a museum worker might not be your soulmate after all. But on the flip side, you’ll have access to your own human documentary whenever you like.

We think museum workers make great dates. If you’re looking for love, it might be time to stop swiping on Tinder and start swinging over to your local museum.

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