We love museums.
But our museum friends have a tough gig. Really just all membership-based nonprofits, including aquariums and zoos. A lot of the time, the public doesn't even realize that they're actual nonprofits, who need funding and supporters just like any other NPO.
Sometimes, as a dedicated nonprofit worker, you just gotta vent.
And that's exactly what went down on Twitter Friday morning with the #MuseumSwearJar hashtag.
It started with this tweet on Wednesday from the #MuseumWorkersSpeak Twitter chat:
From there, it grew into a wonderful commiseration session for museum workers about all the frustrating things they hear on a daily basis at their jobs that they wish could be banned.
In fact, at one point it was the #1 trending topic on Twitter in the U.S.
Dang, museum folks, that's some serious venting!
If you work in the museum space, it's seriously worth a look. But in case you want some highlights, here are some of my favorites:
I found some stuff in my basement, it looks old, do you want it for your collection? #MuseumSwearJar— Jennifer Nichols (@BfloNichols) September 4, 2015
"can't you just put it on social media? then people will come." #museumswearjar— Bethany Corriveau (@bethanyinCLE) September 4, 2015
Social media: it's just free advertising with infinite reach, right?
"What do you mean I can't bring in my selfie stick?" #museumswearjar— Aaron Vince (@therealavince) September 4, 2015
(Promptly slams selfie stick into priceless artifact. Complains when items are displayed in glass cases.)
Q. "Who's the audience?" A. "Everyone." Q. "Everyone?" A. "Well, everyone with a masters in abstract expressionism" #MuseumSwearJar— Keir Winesmith (@drkeir) September 4, 2015
"We're a nonprofit, so we don't have to clear copyright." #MuseumSwearJar— Anne Young (@AYoungRandR) September 4, 2015
It's like pirate law or something, right?
Doesn't matter if the science is settled. Showing that program is too controversial/would offend some donors. #MuseumSwearJar— David J Kroll (@davidkroll) September 4, 2015
Mission and ethics be damned!
Describe the art in 140 characters or less please.
Visitor services rep: "Would you like to become a member today?" Visitor: "Of what?" #MuseumSwearJar— Douglas Hegley (@dhegley) September 4, 2015
You mean...this isn't like a movie theater or something?
Are you creating an exhibit sign/ad/event program/brochure? PUT A HASHTAG ON IT. #museumswearjar— Nabila Chami (@nabichami) September 4, 2015
ALL THE #HASHTAGS!
You get paid to Facebook and Instagram? That's not a real job! #MuseumSwearJar— Lexie Buchanan (@lexiebuchanan) September 4, 2015
Not like attracting an audience in an online world is hard or anything.
We should get [random celebrity with no link to museum whatsoever] to promote this! #MuseumSwearJar— Andrew Thompson (@andrew_tommo) September 4, 2015
Oprah? Is Oprah the right answer?
More technology! MOAR I SAY!
This one can't be real. Oh please, don't let it be real. It's real, isn't it?
"We should get a grant for that." #MuseumSwearJar— dean krimmel (@deankrimmel) September 4, 2015
That'd be nice, right?
I have an object that's just like the one in your collection! What's it worth? #MuseumSwearJar— Amy Heggemeyer (@amilee_h) September 4, 2015
Museums, your friendly neighborhood antique appraiser.
Docents who point at paintings with a pen. #MuseumSwearJar— Megan Griffiths (@meggiedoodah) September 4, 2015
Ok, I have to get off Twitter and back to work... #MuseumSwearJar— Megan Griffiths (@meggiedoodah) September 4, 2015