Meet Kate: Tour Guide at Museum Hack

Carly Syms

Carly Syms
VIP + Marketing Manager


Kate is one of our awesome Museum Hack tour guides in NYC! Read on to find out why she’d want to be a balloon dog and how a compliment from J.K. Rowling basically made her life.

MH: Why did you apply to work with Museum Hack? 

Kate: My two majors in college were theater and art history. When I found out this job existed, I couldn’t not apply. 

MH: Tell us about one of your favorite Museum Hack experiences. 

Kate: Actually, going on my first tour with Museum Hack was pretty memorable. My guide was the illustrious Nora and she just floored me with her stories. I worked a whole lot harder on my stories after seeing her tour. 

MH: What’s a fun fact that most people don’t know about you? 

Kate: When I was 12 years old, J.K. Rowling told me I had beautiful eyes and that’s still the best moment of my life to date. 

MH: If you had to be trapped in the Museum overnight, what would you do? 

Kate: I would get jewelry from the royal collections and wear ALL of it.  At once. Then I would find the a cup from an early American silversmith and fill it up with a root-beer float and wander around eating ice cream and singing loud enough for the galleries to echo. I would then dance with a statue. Before I went to bed, I would reinstate the original glory of the Greek and Roman statues by painting the features back on their faces. I would then nestle into my velvet bed with a tapestry on me like a blanket and a Degas painting under my arm as my teddy bear, and sleep the best jewel-encrusted sleep I will have ever had. 

MH: If you could work at any other museum, which one would you choose? 

Kate: The Phillips Collection in DC or The Whitney in NYC. Both of them own a version of Thiebaud’s Cakes.

MH: If you were to be incarnated as an animal, which would it be and why? 

Kate: A Jeff Koons balloon dog. I would like to be shiny and stationary, thank you very much. 

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