When I meet people outside of the museum field and they find out I work at a museum the general response is:
“Oh, you’re a history nerd, huh?”
I smile, nod and the conversation continues. There’s nothing wrong with being a history nerd (history nerds provide my livelihood), and I take pride in that part of who I am – but as a museum professional – there is so much more to what I do. Would you say, “Oh, you’re an Excel nerd, huh?” to the CFO of a multi-million dollar corporation? I work IN history. I studied and have a degree in history. I am surrounded by historical objects. I am constantly involved in conversations regarding contemporary interpretation of historical events, people and places. Museums are not a hobby for me; they are a huge part of my life. I work in a museum because history (thanks to my parents for introducing me to dinosaurs at such a young age!) and educational access/participation is my passion.
I received some great feedback.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the #museumjob discussion! If you’re on Twitter you should follow these museum professionals, stat. Do you have a favorite? Do you personally identify with any of the tweet responses above? @OwlStory does!
So, given the great response in the twitterverse, I’d like to broaden the conversation to this forum, as well. Why do you work in a museum? If you’re looking for a museum job, why do you want to?