Sarah (hellosarah) wrote in museum_snark,
Sarah
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Oh, you wacky visitors.

These are some oldies but goodies that I keep meaning to share here:

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This is a clue on the scavenger hunt we have for families this week. The theme is "mammals":

Scavenger hunt clue #8 – This word starts with “H”! These mammals live all over the world, in all kinds of habitats. There are more than six billion of them, with about five more being born every second!

It's posted near the dioramas, which are filled with people (humans, if you will).

NOBODY IS GETTING IT. They keep guessing "horse", because the sign happens to be next to a diorama where the native people in it have horses.

One person, when told the answer was "human", scoffed and said "Well, I don't think of myself as a mammal!"

...Toots, like it or not, you're a mammal. You may not want to think of yourself as an ape (even though you're one of those, too), but you really don't have a leg to stand on with the mammal thing.

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Dear Archaeology Museum on the Other Side of Campus,

When I direct someone over to you claiming to have Greek/Roman artifacts, I gave them your information because WE DON'T DO THAT STUFF HERE. YOU do that stuff. Don't send them back over here to me! I'm NOT IN ANTHROPOLOGY. OR ARCHAEOLOGY. And the people upstairs who do that stuff aren't Greek/Roman experts. Not any of them. Because all the Greek/Roman folks on campus are AT. YOUR. MUSEUM.

What the hell.

And why the hell do people think it's acceptable to just show up at museums and expect to talk to someone who can identify their stuff anyway?

No love,
The cranky education person who often hates that her office is right next to the front door.

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So, today there was a group of 5th graders at the museum. They left oh, maybe about 45 minutes ago. About 15 minutes ago a woman wanders into my office and tells me she was with the group but got left behind.

WHAT?!

That's some A+ chaperoning there, lady.

I just spent ten minutes playing phone tag with a teacher on a bus, a mom in a car (who the left behind mom was supposed to be with) and the school itself.

LOVELY.

We always worry that a kid is going to get left behind. No, it's some idiot mother. SUPER. This SO should not be my problem!!!
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