Only the best get to be tour guides... eventually
“Even though now some of our guides actually do have academic qualifications to talk about art,” says Alexis, “most of them are actually performers -- most are actors, singers, comedians -- people who connect at a very human level. The focus is on telling the story -- so they do their research on the things that are personally interesting to them.”
Museum Hack has expanded dramatically since that fatuous date. Amid all the expansion, the organization has a rigorous method of quality control. Alexis says for each new museum the first thing they do is recruit and train new guides… for months.
“Last week, we brought a group of potential guides into Whole Foods and said, 'Okay, you have 15-20 minutes -- go find an object in this store and do some research, and tell us a great story about it,'” says Alexis. “And if this person can make a can of beans fascinating, then they’re probably going to do pretty well on a museum tour.”