FC: PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART | On the Job...
1: Visit on June 30, 2012
2: Admissions Counter | First stop when entering the museum... | Two female employees worked at the admissions desk. They were friendly and explained different pricing options for admittance to special exhibits.
3: This gentlemen directed visitors into the line for the special exhibit or answered other questions as to where they would like to venture. | Greeter | TheVisitor Information Desk at back entrance had two employees.
4: These employees were scattered throughout the museum. | SECURITY
5: They were the employees I encountered the most during my visit
6: IT TAKES A TEAM | AN ARRAY OF EMPLOYEES | This was a guided tour. You can barely see the docent's arm in the back, center of the group pointing at an artwork. | An employee worked in the elevator pressing the floor buttons.
7: Information Desk on the second floor of the museum. One lady worked at it and assisted with any questions visitors had amidst their visit. . | The museum's gift shops were staffed by several employees. | They even had two coat check stations manned by staffer.
8: At the Philadelphia Museum of Art | ART WORKS
10: CLOSING THOUGHTS | This project allowed me to take a step back and focus on a different aspect of the museum, it's employees. I typically focus on the objects in the museum, but I some day hope to be an employee at one of these institutions, so it was an interesting task. I found most of the staff that I was able to see during my visit were lower level jobs, such as security staff or employees at the information desk. I was surprised at the number of staff members I did encounter that I normally would not have taken note of. When in a program like this one, I think we sometimes only think of the higher level positions, such as a curator or exhibition designer. It takes many people doing a variety of jobs to keep a museum running. That is something I will take from this assignment.