23 Secrets Museum Stewards Will Never Tell You
FFS DON'T TOUCH THE ARTWORK.
The reason we don’t want you to take pictures isn’t ~always~ because it damages the artwork.
You can’t touch things because your hands are gross.
Parents who let their kids run around behind the barriers and touch things are the absolute worst.
There are tonnes of incredible things not on display that we keep in storage.
Stuff gets broken a lot more than you think.
And gum is the gross bane of our lives.
Being a museum steward can be a really, really boring job.
And it’s surprisingly tiring just watching hundreds of people walk past you all day.
So we do really weird things to pass the time.
Even though it looks like we're just standing still, we often walk MILES in a day.
We have loads of secret radio codes you would hear over the loudspeakers and not know the meaning of.
And steward radios are commonly pranked.
People get banned from museums for the most bizarre things.
But people do quite regularly piss themselves.
Sometimes we secretly play ridiculous games with our colleagues.
Because if you say a completely made-up fact with conviction people will believe you.
And we have sneaky little signals and gestures we make across the rooms to our colleagues when we can see each other.
The gift shop and cafe make A LOT of money from kids.
You constantly overhear people bullshitting art and history to their friends and family.
Almost everyone asks the same questions.
And often people don’t really care about the answer.
The worst people on earth are the ones who ask questions with the intention of catching you out.
But nothing makes our day more than talking to a visitor who is really excited and enthusiastic!
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