A visit to the big-name museums, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Natural History in New York, is usually on a tourist’s checklist of sights to see in the city.
But some people might find museums like this overwhelming, and maybe even a little boring. That’s where Museum Hack comes in.
Museum Hack is a young company made up of what they call “renegade tour guides” whose approach to museums is unconventional, and actually entertaining.
Museum Hack’s goal is to make the museum experience a memorable one, and one that will change the way visitors look at the art on display.
The guides are engaging and interactive and encourage people to think about what they’re seeing. They play games like one we played on “The Un-highlights Tour” of the Met, which I recently took, where we were supposed to find the oldest piece of sculpture in one of the Greco-Roman galleries. We also posed next to sculptures that reflect what we wished we looked like. (I posed next to a statue that reminded me of a Greek goddess.)
In addition to the Greek and Roman galleries, we saw Primitive Art from Africa and Oceania made in the 1950s, water lilies by Monet made when his vision was deteriorating, and we went to the American Wing where we saw a version of John Singleton Copley’s 1778 painting “Watson and the Shark,” while our guide Frank hummed “Bennie and the Jets” and we saw the famous “Washington Crossing the Delaware.”
In a room that was a replica of one of Marie Antoinette’s bed chambers, Frank went on about how smart she was saying “if she were still around today, she would take Silicon Valley by storm.” In another Silicon Valley reference, he showed us a Dutch bowl decorated with an image of a woman spanking her man because he “gave her the iPhone 4 instead of the iPhone 7.”
The groups are kept small, with no more than eight people per tour to give a more personal experience. The public tours include the “Un-highlights” tour of the Met and the Natural History museums, which seem to be popular and are offered the most. But there’s also a “Badass Bitches” tour of the Met that focuses on the impact of female artists like Georgia O’Keefe and others, and the VIP tour on and Saturday nights when the museum is open late. That one includes wine and chocolate to sweeten the pot.
To find out more go to https://museumhack.com/