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28 December 2011 @ 08:52 pm
Egyptian Museum: Day One  
Today was the first day of my internship at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. I wasn't sure what to expect, to be honest - although I've done a bit of volunteer work over the years, it's been a long time, and I had no idea what to expect.

I felt very silly in my brand-new work clothes. Museum volunteers/interns are to dress as if they were 20th century explorers - that is, khakis and white collared shirts. I don't know if there's anything more polar opposite to my usual wardrobe! When I looked at myself in the mirror this morning, I couldn't shake the feeling that I ought to be operating a Jungle Cruise boat at Disneyland.

The other interns/employees at the museum were all very welcoming and friendly. In the morning, it was quiet, so I helped inventory some merchandise from the old gift shop and listened to an audio tour while wandering the four exhibit galleries. To the surprise of everyone on staff, the afternoon was crazy busy, and I had to help patrol the upstairs gallery as best I could. This largely consisted of "Hey, kid! Where's your parent?" and "NO RUNNING IN THE MUSEUM PLEASE!!!" Once or twice, I had to answer an actual question, but I think I did OK. It's hard to tell, to be honest.

After eight hours, my feet ached (I'm going to have to reconsider the boots I wore, but I love them so!) but I had a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to going back tomorrow, although I have to admit I'm a little nervous how I'll manage this once school starts. It's a lot of moving around, and at the end of the day I was tired!
(On the plus side, maybe I'll lose a little weight with all the scurrying around I'm doing.)

An old stock photo of the Egyptian Museum's facade.  I think it's actually been remodeled since this was taken.
deathjoydeathjoy on December 29th, 2011 05:29 am (UTC)
What a great job, congrats!
Suzik00kaburra on December 29th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)
jeanniejeannietran on December 29th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
"And here's the 8th wonder of the wooorld... THE BACKSIDE OF WATER!!!"

Glad you enjoyed it!
Suzik00kaburra on December 31st, 2011 04:56 am (UTC)
We need to go back to the Jungle Cruise...right now!
Narratoraswirlymatrix on December 31st, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
Does the museum have any free days? And can I get the student discount without an ID? My online school doesn't provide one. I can show recent emails from the school - and they have a handy app I can show with my class stuff!
Suzik00kaburra on December 31st, 2011 04:56 am (UTC)
Excellent questions :)

As to the free days, alas, the Rosicrucian never has them (at least, not that I've ever seen). I honestly don't know how strict they are about the student ID, since they don't let interns work the front desk. I would think that the emails/app would work perfectly fine, since it proves you're a current student more effectively than the card would, anyway!

If you have an AAA membership, they give a discount for that, too, that is the same as the student discount.