Why I enjoy working at a museum

I worked as a museum curator for many years and I simply loved it. I never once thought about switching professions and I looked forward to going to work everyday. Recently someone asked me why I enjoyed working at a museum, and I found it hard to answer the question. Not because I didn’t know why I loved my job, but because I simply didn’t know where to start. So if you’re reading my blog, here is why I enjoy working at a museum.

 

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Always interesting

 

Never once did anyone hear me say that I was bored with my job. Since I’m pretty sure you’ve been to at least one museum in your life, you know how many exhibits there are. Even the smallest one room museum has more than one exhibit or artifact, and best of all once you have become familiar with each piece it is changed out for something new. Since I was the curator I also had access to the museum’s storage vaults so I could almost always find something new and interesting to look at.

 

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Learn something new

 

I’m a firm believer that everyone should continue to learn something new, even after they have finally graduated from school. Working in a museum I was lucky enough to learn at least one new fact everyday, and I still try to continue this now that I’m retired. Maybe that is why I was so eager to help my wife with event planning and cooking. Another benefit to continuing to learn is that you’ll never run out of interesting things to talk about, and this will always come in handy.

 

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Exercise

 

You might think I’m crazy for saying that exercise was one of the reasons that I enjoyed working in a museum, but it does make sense if you think about it. As a curator I was responsible for every exhibit in the museum, and I had to know exactly where everything was all of the time. This meant that most of my day was spent walking up and down stairs and along corridors. My wife got my a step tracker one year, and I logged over two miles at work in one day.

A retired museum curator’s blog

After having spent most of your life working inside a museum, when you retire you lose the sense of purpose you once had. I guess it happens to most people who end their professional activity due to one reason or another. Suddenly, you notice that you need to reorganize your schedule by yourself and that some of the excitement and joys that your job provided need now be replaced with other occupations.

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It so happens that I have a numerous family and we all live close to one another, so, at least during the weekends, we all gather at our place (because we have a big porch and garden in the backyard) and we have dinner together. Sometimes we also celebrate anniversaries and special events of our family and hold small parties.

In the past, it was my wife who dealt with all the preparations, helped by other members of the family because I was usually at work. However, she’s still working, so I’ve taken over her responsibilities to ease her evenings. Cooking is not something I’m not familiar with, but I’m no expert, so I may need some practice.

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Before starting a cooking class or something similar, I reckon I should first listen to my wife’s advice and indications, but also scout the internet for simple and healthy recipes – as I’m not longer at an age when I can’t afford anymore eating any types of food. So, from now on, this will be my purpose, that finding recipes and building a new ‘career’ as an amateur cook.  At least in what concerns the aspect of my dishes, my years spent near art and artifacts should be of assistance. When it comes to cooking techniques however, my skills don’t go as far.

Luckily, the internet is filled with video tutorials, step by step recipes, and kitchen tricks to ease your work. I am sure that if I follow them closely I will be able to handle things in the kitchen in no time. Meanwhile, I share my progress on the blog and post easy and healthy recipes that I came up with or that I was taught by others more skilled at cooking than I am. By doing so I hope to receive feedback from my readers in the form of tips on how to improve my recipes and suggestions on how to shorten the amount of time spent in the kitchen.

For the moment, I am assisting my wife in preparing day to day meals while taking notes (literally, I have a notebook and a pen and I write down anything I find to be useful). For now, I haven’t put in practice all the theory, but I hope soon enough I will be able to handle everything in the kitchen all by myself, like a pro.