Today, we’re talking to Peter Vega, our new Audience Development Specialist, and learning more about what he will be doing with Museum Hack and why he’d like to be reincarnated as a bowhead whale.
Why did you apply to work with Museum Hack?
I’ve been a friend of Museum Hack for a year now. I’ve met Ethan, Dustin, and others at various conferences. I quickly realized how contagious everyone’s passion, thoughtfulness, and creativity was who works here. I’ve worked in museums and with companies in the cultural sector. Sometimes even when working in a museum you need to be reminded why they are f***ing awesome. Museum Hack is helping everyone remember this and I needed to be part of it.
What will you be doing with Museum Hack?
I’m working as an Audience Development Specialist. Museum Hack offers guided tour experiences in NYC, Chicago, and San Francisco, and Washington D.C. From these experiences, the team has learned a ton about the visitor experience. So much so, they are able to offer workshops to share their methods and learnings. I want to bring these workshops to more museums. These audience development workshops show how to hack your own museum by create experiences that will attract and engage new audiences. They also create an environment for the staff to reconnect with their collections, reminding them why their museum is awesome. These workshops can also be customized for aquariums, zoos, historic homes, almost anywhere with a visitor experience. I’m excited to partner with new museums and helping them create new experiences for their visitors.
What’s a fun fact that most people don’t know about you?
I’m obviously a museum geek. However, most people don’t know I’m also a sci fi/horror geek. I’m a whovian, trekkie, and Star Wars Fan. Time travel, space travel, count me in. I also love bad horror movies. Killer Klowns from Outer Space! Sci-fi horror combo!
If you had to be trapped in the Museum overnight, what would you do?
If I were trapped in a museum, I’d sit in every chair and lay in every bed in the period rooms. I’d play dress up and pretend I’ve gone back in time to all the different ages. It’d be like my own Doctor Who adventure or a holodeck!
If you could work at any other museum, which one would you choose?
I’ve had the opportunity to work at some amazing places, like the Guggenheim Museum and the Intrepid Museum in NYC. Getting lost in the aircraft carrier was pretty amazing. I’d love to work in a beautiful historic home like The Biltmore Estate in North Carolina. I love the smell of old furniture and the idea of getting lost in a huge mansion.
If you were to be reincarnated as an animal, which would it be and why?
Did you know a bowhead whale can live over 200 years??? That’s what I’d want to be. Exploring the deep, dark depths of the ocean for hundreds of years.