I shared my experience as an intern for the John Brown House Museum in Providence, RI over at UMass History’s past@present:
I interned at the John Brown House Museum (JBH) in Providence, RI this summer. Interning in a small historic house museum allowed me to be a jack-of-all-trades. I opened and closed the museum, followed and guided tours, attended meetings, met with docents, assisted at events, create education packets…essentially, a little bit of everything.
But the most important task I dealt with on a day-to-day basis was manning the front desk. As the first person patrons would see prior to entering the museum, I handled all their questions. Over the course of the summer, I had a running FAQ list of statements I had heard far too often, such as:
- Is this John Brown the abolitionist? (No.)
- Do you allow photography? (Yes, no flash.)
- Is this museum affiliated with the University? (No.)
- Where’s the bathroom? (To your left.)
- What’s the square footage of the house? (8,000)
- What time do you close? (4 PM)
Read the rest of the post here.