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Museum Hack LA

Los Angeles, CA, USA
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About Museum Hack LA
Museum tours for people who don't like museums. We began offering these unique experiences at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Today, we host hundreds of tours every year at museums in New York City, Washington D.C., and San Francisco. In addition to our museum tours, we provide premium consulting services to startups, museums, luxury hotels, corporations, and universities.
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Natalie Y wrote a review Jan 2020
Peterborough, United Kingdom35 contributions10 helpful votes
We took the un-highlights at the Getty tour. This was such a good way to see the museum. Two of our party are not huge fans of art so our tour guide, Kris, really brought the museum to life for us. There was storytelling, selfies, a planned art theft (!) and even a version of Happy Birthday played on the stones outside for me as it was my birthday trip! We barely stopped laughing for the entire 2+ hours. It was really well organised. We were texted on the morning to confirm the meet up and had no trouble finding Kris. The time absolutely flew! They are right - this is absolutely not your average museum tour and museums are indeed f***ing awesome!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Museum_Hack, Guest Relations Manager at Museum Hack LA
Responded Feb 18, 2020
Hi there! Happy super belated Birthday Natalie. Thanks for this awesome review. We're so happy you had a great time, and a little jealous we weren't with you on this tour! We'll be sure to pass along your compliments to Kris-- he'll be happy to hear it! Thank you again for spending the time with us, and we hope to see you at the museum again in the future. -- Marly, VIP Customer Support
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Footprints645956 wrote a review Nov 2019
2 contributions2 helpful votes
Monisha ...as our sleuth y guide was a total experience. She was knowledgeable, engaging and her enthusiasm for the art was contagious! I rated this a FIVE; however, i would give the Museum Hack tour with Monisha TEN PLUS!!! My and friend and I have been to the Getty more than a dozen times and was by far the best ever!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Museum_Hack, Guest Relations Manager at Museum Hack LA
Responded Nov 14, 2019
Hi there! Thanks for this awesome review. We're so happy you had a great time, and we'd rate your view a ten plus as well!! We'll be sure to pass along your compliments to Monisha -- she'll be happy to hear it! Thank you again for spending the time with us, and we hope to see you at the museum again in the future. -- Marly, VIP Customer Support
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Darci H wrote a review Sep 2019
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Kris our guide had interesting stories and made the tour fun! I look forward to another tour. I recommend.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Responded Oct 2, 2019
Hey there Darci! Thanks for your review, we're super appreciative (and we're sure Kris is too)! We're glad you had a great time and we really hope to see you on another one of our tours soon! --Marly, VIP Customer Service Associate
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Alexis K wrote a review Jul 2019
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Absolutely amazing tour!!!!!! Our guide, Kris, was friendly and informative. Sometimes comedians can be intimidating, but that was not the case here. He was like an old friend telling us hilarious anecdotes about the different pieces of art. He put a lot of time and effort into perfecting his tour! His jokes were amazing, the pieces he focused on were fascinating! Normally I find museum tours kind of dry, but that was not the case here! I would do this tour AGAIN and AGAIN!!! I loved it, my husband loved it, my mom and father loved it!!! Kris involved us in the process, and we got to know everyone in our group. It was a wonderful day and I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Museum_Hack, Guest Relations Manager at Museum Hack LA
Responded Jul 23, 2019
Thank you so much for the review! I'm so glad to hear you found Kris hilarious and accessible. Our goal is to make the experience fun and engaging for all! We truly appreciate you taking a few minutes to let us know how we’re doing and helping us share the Museum Hack experience with more people. Thanks again! =) --Rebekah, VIP Support
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hostelguy1 wrote a review Jun 2019
Los Angeles, California156 contributions65 helpful votes
If there is one thing for certain -- the quickest way to put my husband to sleep is by visiting an art museum. Throw in a guided walking tour, and we have a comatose situation on our hands! So needless to say when I mentioned that I booked us on a 2-hour art tour of the Getty Center in LA, he wasn't exactly jumping for joy. But as usual, he went along with my plans even though he wasn't exactly sure WHY I was so excited about an art tour. That was, until I told him that it would be a juicy, behind-the-curtain tour at the Getty run by a company called Museum Hack. I first came across Museum Hack a few years ago when I was looking for unique things to do with my parents in LA. We never had a chance to do it together before my mom passed away. But I figured, why not be tourists for the weekend? I know my mom would have loved it. Our guide Vic had an infectious energy and passion for all things art. And the very first stop included a piece of art I would have never even stopped to look at. It was a glass bottle in the shape of a German guy... Also, known as a "joke glass." It turns out that it was an old-time mug for drinking booze! The drinker had to guess how to drink from the vessel -- and if any liquor was spilled, he was required to start again with a full glass. Basically, it's like a drinking game from college now on display in the prestigious Getty Museum. Who knows, that classic beer bong you got from the Jersey Shore might one day pop up at the Getty? Okay, probably not... Vic led us from one gallery to the next. She showed us the statues outside including one that had a removable penis (which actually was stolen a few years back!). The work of art is of a horse and rider by Marino Marini called Angel of the City for famed art collector and socialite Peggy Guggenheim. When Guggenheim commissioned the piece she insisted on it having a removable rod (aka penis) that could be screwed on and off to allow for a quick manning-down of the rider in case she had a prudish guest on her list. I can only imagine the well-heeled Ms. Guggenheim, quickly unscrewing the statue before the big shin dig! Today, the very prominent "rod" is permanently affixed. So don't feel tempted to tug it off, or face the wrath of the Getty security! Clearly, this isn't your grandma's tour. After getting an overview of the museum and checking out the gorgeous view from the outdoor gardens, we were ready for one of Museum Hack's signature elements -- an interactive game. Now, I gotta admit, I wasn't sure that I was going to be into this part of the tour. Really? A game?! But it turned out to be more fun than it sounds. Really! Vic sent us on our way to take photos on our iPhone of how we would go about stealing a piece of artwork. It's sort of like improv on the spot. Our story involved using a piece of art to slap the security guards on duty (though most tour groups say they'd steal the art by repelling down from the ceiling!). Next, Vic asked us to snap a photo of a piece of art that inspired us. I selected a work of a man wearing a bright white cape since it reminded me of my childhood and performing magic tricks in front of my family (or any audience for that matter!). My story was enough to win the grand prize at the end -- a free magnet from the Getty gift shop. Hey, I love anything free so I'll take it. And speaking of gift shops, you better know where I ended up at the end of our 2 hour tour. Yes, the gift shop is pretty amazing. And we might have even bought something. I couldn't pass up the book The Chronicles of Old Los Angeles, which outlines how the City of Angels came into existence. Okay, totally not about art but still a fascinating read.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Responded Sep 4, 2019
Hey there! Oh wow, this review was an amazing amount of fun to read. I hope you're a writer because you have some killer story-telling skills under your belt! Bittersweet that we missed having you and your mom with us, but so exciting that you were able to bring your husband and get him to really experience the fun in a museum. We exist to reimagine the adult experience, so obviously we're doing that right for him ;) I'm super impressed with your idea to steal artwork by hitting guards with more artwork-- I would have never thought of that. I can definitely see why your story won you the ever-coveted Getty magnet (free is free and we love it too). Seriously though, this is such an awesome review and Vic and the whole team here at Museum Hack is honored to have hosted you! Thanks again for joining us, and we can't wait to see you on another tour in the future! -- Marly, VIP Customer Service Associate
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