I Felt Like A Rock Star Visiting A Museum Through Museum Hack Tours

I went on a group tour led by Museum Hack and had a blast! It was at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, called the “Un-Highlights” tour.

From their booking page:

Made for museum lovers and skeptics alike, our Un-Highlights tour of the National Gallery of Art will show you a side of the National Gallery you’ve never seen before! Join our renegade tour guides on a high-energy, two-hour group tour through these historic halls with a “tasting menu” approach as you learn the crazy true stories behind a selection of art across the National Gallery of Art’s collection. This is not your grandma’s museum tour.

Patronage Is Still A Powerful Tool

Today’s crowdfunding by the masses is a more modern function to help creatives get their projects launched. The old school method was getting support by wealthy families. Aside from the vast collection and breadth of the museum, we got background information on the very museum itself. The National Gallery of Art was created for the people of the United States of America by a joint resolution of Congress accepting the gift of financier, public servant, and art collector Andrew W. Mellon in 1937.

How wonderful that benefactors see value in fostering a creative environment and supporting the arts. We need that to make society great. Tours like this really help remind people that beauty is all around us and we can immerse ourselves in it for next to no cost.

Check out my full review at Trip Advisor, but here’s an excerpt:

We started off with a bit of museum intrigue by giving the docents a wide berth. Think of this as a potential bit of “old” ways vs. “new” ways of doing things. Or in technology terms, Museum Hack might consider itself a bit of a “disruptor” of the stodgy perspective of attending museums. Even though we are all entitled to share spaces available to the public, some people are fussy and territorial.
Like opera, which was the popular music of its time morphed into something many perceive as the main purview of the mature and wealthy. Music and art are for the everyday person as much as the curator or benefactor. During these increasingly uncertain times, we need more creativity now more than ever.
Our affable tour guide mixed historical references with mentions of contemporary artists whose works could be complimentary. What a brilliant idea and point of reference that elevated this far beyond even what a seasoned art  buff might expect. This tour was a surprise of useful information that you could find useful long after it ends. I’ll never look at a museum the same way again.
Definitely do yourself a favor if you’re in NYC or DC and book a date with a hack!

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