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Top 5 Museum Jobs to Apply for in February

This February, love is in the air and we’re in the mood to do a little museum job matchmaking! Top museums across the U.S. and Canada are looking for awesome museum professionals like yourself.

Looking for your dream museum job? We've got you covered.
Looking for your dream museum job? We’ve got you covered.

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How to Lead an Effective Workshop

Thirty years ago, if you wanted to see a lion in New York City, you’d go to the American Museum of Natural History.

Why?

To immerse yourself in the majesty of one of the museum’s wildlife dioramas. Seeing a lion today is as simple as a quick search on a smartphone.

The way we consume education, entertainment, and media is continually evolving, and as museum professionals, we can leverage this change to lead our visitors to new levels of engagement and understanding.

At many museums, things are done the way they are because it’s the way they’ve always been done — and that isn’t really the best reason to do anything, if we’re being honest.

Museum professionals often serve as teachers in their spaces, but it’s rare that they’re offered the opportunity to be taught new things. It’s important to continually learn about and better your craft, and a fun way (the best way, in our opinion!) to do that is through workshops.

Tour Guide Ethan Angelica leads a workshop at the museum.
Tour Guide Ethan Angelica leads a workshop at the museum.

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How to Avoid The “Target Audience” Trap At Your Museum

At Museum Hack, we’re all about helping museum lovers and skeptics alike have a great time at the museum. We believe these spaces are for everyone — and anyone can find something to enjoy at these incredible institutions.

As you might expect, this goal presents a varied set of challenges — especially when a museum has a reputation for primarily engaging with a specific audience.

Take the American Museum of Natural History, for example. The general consensus, given its subject matter, is that AMNH is a “museum for kids.” A popular destination for school trips, many adults wouldn’t consider it a place they’d like to go to hang out with other adults.

In this case, our job is to show adults that AMNH is for them, too!

AMNH is so much more than just a museum for children!
AMNH is so much more than just a museum for children!

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Top 10 Museum Jobs to Apply for This Month

New year, new job opportunities! We’re ringing in 2017 with a round-up of 10 of the best job opportunities from leading museums across the U.S. and Canada, all looking for innovative, creative, passionate museum professionals.

The Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University is one of several awesome institutions now hiring. | Photo via Newcomb Art Museum

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Our Top Five Tips For Finding Your Dream Museum Job (And A Recap of Our First Facebook Live Event!)

We recently hosted our first-ever Facebook live event to give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life at Museum Hack and to talk one of our newest projects: museum.jobs!

Museum.jobs is a collection of jobs available at museums across the country. Our goal is to make it the best resource for job hunting in the museum world, particularly for Emerging Museum Professionals (EMPs).

We decided to host a Facebook live event to share museum.jobs, answer questions in real time, and offer our best tips for landing your dream job in the museum world.

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How To Look At Your Museum In New Ways To Redesign Guest Engagement (Corning Museum of Glass Case Study)

The Corning Museum of Glass is exactly what it sounds like – an awesome museum in New York dedicated solely to the amazing world of glass! The museum is home to more than 40,000 different objects focused on glass and glassmaking dating back to ancient Egypt to modern times.

But even with this specialized focus and cool collection, staff at Corning wanted to take some time and refocus on the visitor experience and guest engagement at the museum.

They gave Museum Hack a call to see how we might be able to help boost their already amazing collections.

Part of the Museum Hack team exploring Corning's collections.
Part of the Museum Hack team exploring Corning’s collections.

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The Museum of Subliminal Objects: a Lesson in Pop-up Museums

The frigid air was biting at my cheeks, and I could feel the warm blood running to my ears.

Not that I minded too much; this was just another one of my nightly walks, and extreme negative temperatures are part of growing up in small-town Canada. In most ways this icy stroll was much like all the others, but with one surprising difference…

I stumbled upon the Museum of Subliminal Objects.

Museum Hack stumbles upon the Museum of Subliminal Objects
Museum Hack stumbles upon the Museum of Subliminal Objects

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5 Things Museums Rocked In 2016

We spend all year long talking about why museums are f***ing awesome — the amazing stories, priceless artifacts, and a whole bunch of passionate people all under one roof. 

In the spirit of the new year, we’ve collected a few of things museums have done well in the past year. Join us in giving museums a collective pat on the back as we take a look at five things museums rocked in 2016.

Museums worked to redefine engagement with guests in 2016.
Museums worked to redefine engagement with guests in 2016.

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From Concept to Creation: How a Themed Museum Tour is Made

As humans, we’re attracted to stories. We like seeing parts of ourselves reflected in the lives of people who lived centuries ago. Stories help us understand and feel connected with history’s great artists, philosophers, and thinkers.

Utilizing a theme in a museum tour helps show visitors what to expect and offers the opportunity to experience a familiar collection in a new way.

What makes our themed museum tours special? How do we do it? How do we create a themed tour that’s engaging, interesting, subversive and relevant?

Here’s an inside look at how we make our custom tours at Museum Hack!

Kate, creator of the Badass Bitches tour, shares stories of kickass women throughout history.
Kate, creator of the Badass Bitches tour, shares stories of kickass women throughout history.

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