Facebook came on a tour with us. They liked us!
Here are some great photos from their Team Building tour at the De Young:
Jumping in sync is a bit tricky to pull off, but when you do, it comes out perfectly: kind of like when you need to engage 65 people into a museum: can be tricky, but when you do, it is great!
We keep our groups small, with a maximum of 8 people per group: this ensures that everyone has a great experience. The guides also use all kinds of storytelling techniques, and rely heavily on humor to keep guests engaged.
These are not passive tours! We play games and ask our guests their opinions! We give tips on how to search for interesting things in the museum, and then listen to everyones findings. Check out the petulant Superman in the background.
Inside, outside, and up the stairs. Our tours cover a lot of ground and we believe that switching up the setting keeps people fresh and stimulated. We also encourage you to use your smartphones, wherever and whenever you want.
You will literally be jumping for joy because the museum is so fun! Ok, we are joking: this is our head of VIP Partnerships, Ethan Angelica, doing a perfect star jump at the end of the tour.
Fist pumps and cool sunglasses! At the end of the Facebook tour, we took the team to the surrounding garden to take some well lit and super fun group photos.
This particular Facebook team was made up of a bunch of international team members, it was great to see them start bonding in such a short amount of time.
To start off our tours, we do a great big team cheer, no matter if the group is six people or sixty! We go down on “muu” and up on “seums!” to get everyone on the same page and energy level.
The Facebook team had (and were using) their smartphones during the tour. We are low tech, but we fully believe that audiences should use their personal devices whenever they want, and we encourage their use on tour.
We don’t just talk about art and sculptures: we like to talk about the most interesting objects in the collection, be they vases, paintings, or even the architecture of the museum itself.
We show our guests how to use the accession numbers on the pieces in the collection to find out more in-depth information about the pieces that interest them. On this tour, we asked the guest to find out a bit more about a piece they really liked and share the info with the group.
#ArtB*tch sunglasses courtesy of Museum Hack. Hot to trot!
Meet Casey: Tour guide of the de Young for Museum Hack. She prefers pie over all the other sweet things in all the world, and a Pteranodon is her favorite dinosaur.