|Posted by Sebastian Dumoulin on June 7, 2013 at 10:10 AM|
Hey everyone! I am Sebastian and I am one of the new interns here at the Barnum Museum. This is my third week of interning and I finally believe I am getting the hang of everything. There is a cornucopia of information just waiting to be researched and I dove right in. With the Museum unfortunately not technically up and running, there is a lot of “behind the scenes” work that needs to be done. Over the past few weeks, the largest task I have undertaken is learning how to give tours. With the help of Marian, our resident “Barnum Genius”, I have been taking down the facts and am able to competently give tours around the “People’s United Bank Gallery”, which houses a large portion of our Barnum artifacts, paintings, and other accessories.
Another task I have learned how to complete is cataloguing items that we receive from donors or museum transfers. But before I could do this, I had to learn the ancient art of handling museum artifacts. One does not simply walk into a museum and pick up an item, you need to put on special gloves, work at a “bubble-wrapped” table and be very, very, very careful. At first it seemed a little daunting handling any item that I had to catalogue, but after a few deep breathes I was able to catalogue my first piece. Now, I have catalogued almost a dozen artifacts and I feel much more comfortable the entire process.
Stayed tuned over the following weeks for more posts from me while I completely plunge myself into museum life!
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