Meet Molly Clements, our first tour guide in Washington, DC. Her tours are not only super fun, but incredibly interesting. Read the interview below to find out more about her highland dancing skills and her desire to build a forts in the sculpture halls at the National Gallery.
What do you do for Museum Hack?
I am a tour guide at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. where I spread the gospel truth that the NGA is the greatest museum in America. Can anyone who goes to the Met claim to be part owners (along with 318 of your closest friends) of the collection? I don’t think so.
Tell us about one of your favorite Museum Hack experiences.
There was one tour were we had two kids under the age of 9. Initially I was worried this wouldn’t be their thing, but it turned out that they were by far, the greatest museum hackers of all time. Their expressions over every single piece was priceless. They were little art heist masterminds in the making.
What are 3 fun facts that most people don’t know about you?
- I used to be a Scottish Highland Dancer and grew up thinking we were super Scottish. My brothers even played the bagpipes. It turns out, we’re not. Not at all.
- I collect cowboy boots and even have a pair of my own design.
- I was once on a Barefoot Contessa episode. Dreams do come true.
If you had to be trapped in the Museum overnight, what would you do?
Do I have friends trapped with me too? If so, it’d be a good old fashioned slumber party. We’d start out with some girl talk with Ginevra and probably wind up telling each other nightmares and ghost stories in the Dutch galleries. I also really want to build forts in the sculpture halls (but maybe that’s not something an aspiring conservator should put into writing?). We’d top off the night by getting gelato and eating it in the Secret Room.
If you could work at any other museum, which one would you choose?
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts
Thank you, Molly, for making our National Gallery tours mind blowing! To find out more about our team, please visit our Meet the Team page.