With April Fool’s Day coming up, I thought it would be a good time to look at the some of the strange and humorous parts of museum work. Though my coworkers and I take our jobs seriously, there are moments when we get to laugh at ourselves.
Mannequins provide good opportunities for interesting photos.
|The mannequins and their clothes do have to be vacuumed regularly, even if it does look a bit strange.|
|They can appear at someone’s desk….|
|….or in someone’s office.|
|They have to be stored somewhere!|
The museum’s dogs are often in on the fun too.
|When we received the mummified arm, my coworkers set up this scene for me!|
|But you can see who really runs this place!|
Sometimes we just get caught being silly.
|Our Director demonstrates the museum’s dental plan on the Deputy Director!|
Living History events and Civil War costumes can provide some interesting images.
|Yes, that is a cannon in front of the museum. Does it bother anyone else that it is pointed right at that child?!|
|Comparing the old versus the new can make for some interesting photos.|
Catching anachronisms can be entertaining as well.
|I don’t think porta-potties were designed with hoop skirts in mind!|
Halloween is always fun around here!
|This was “Private Pumpkinhead”, our entry in the local pumpkin decoration contest. I can’t believe we didn’t win!|
Sometimes, we have some fun with the exhibits – as long as there are no artifacts involved of course!
|Tom gives some advice in our amputation scene.|
Just realize that your coworkers are good at catching moments you don’t necessarily want on film!
|If you take a nap, they will take a picture!|
|Insect repellent doesn’t smell very good to people either!|
It seems that our visitors participate in the silliness sometimes too.
|We were surprised to find one of our museum maps inside a local newspaper box one day!|
It’s certainly never dull around here!
Photos courtesy of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.