Fun is not usually associated with museum tours. But long gone are the days when visitors get forced into a typical boring tour around the museum.
Thanks to Museum Hack visitors (particularly adult visitors) get a chance to experience art history like never before!
Our tour guides (Evan & Kylie) let us know from the beginning that we would be experiencing a different kind of museum tour. According to our tour guide, the tour we would be going on would show us that, “Museums are fu*king awesome!”
There are no scripts that the tour guides follow. You can see that each tour guide is fueled by his or her passion for art and museums. Members of the group are asked by the tour guides certain parts of the museum that they would like to see or know more about during the tour. I can assure you that all requests from the group I was a part of were met during the tour.
I had hopes of seeing “hidden parts” of the museum and was eventually led to the jousting section of the Met where we got inside knowledge of the secret fort that lies hidden beneath the world famous museum…..I know. Pretty cool right?
The museum tour was full of humor, education, and positive energy. By the end of the tour, I felt like I had gained new friends among the other group members and tour guides. We were provided with a wide array of fascinating facts about art history, and history in general. The information was relayed in such a fun and engaging way, I’ll be sure to remember everything that I learned well into the future.
We learned how to read the art signage within a museum. We also learned about the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller and how he helped collect much of the art within the Oceania section of the Met. We got to play fun games within the museum that led us to learn more facts behind particular pieces of art. We even played a quick game of Clue that led us to learn more about a seductress from the Renaissance period who murdered for fun. In addition to getting an on-the-spot music lesson on “the clave”, where we had the opportunity to learn how to recreate the music with our bare hands!
Our Museum Hack tour guides seemed like experts at combining art, history, and education with loads of fun and engaging ways to learn and retain historical facts and information.
Never before had I seen so many regular museum goers trying to sneak into a museum tour before. But, leave it up to Museum Hack to leave many museum goers wishing they had been a part of our group. Kids and adults had to be reminded that we were on a private tour, as often times onlookers would try and secretly join our tour and enjoy the same fun we were having!
Oh, and did I mention the free wine and chocolate! Yes, you heard it right. You get a quick break during your tour to sit down and have wine and chocolate with the group while discussing parts of the tour and planning for what parts of the museum we would visit next.
I also loved the free Polaroid picture we received at the end of the tour. I can honestly say that Museum Hack is the ONLY way to experience a museum if you’re someone with a sense of humor who doesn’t mind combining fun with art history.
I will certainly be back on another Museum Hack tour, and I will be sure to encourage everyone I meet to do the same.
Museum Hack has “kickass” tours available at a museum near you. Look for tickets in your city HERE.