I'm A Museum Person

I’m A Museum Person: Caryn Turgeon

Museumist is happy to present our latest series…

I’m A Museum Person

…a brief look at the people that make museums tick. Whether they are museum professionals behind the scenes or simply fans of the thousands of museums around the world, we wanted to know more about them, and we think you will too.

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My name is Caryn Turgeon, and I’m a Museum Person.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a graduate student studying arts administration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. I work at the Telfair Museums in downtown Savannah. I’m an avid vinyl record collector.

The Telfair Museums in Savannah, Georgia. Photography by J. Campbell. /></dt><dd class=The Telfair Museums in Savannah, Georgia. Photo by J. Campbell.

Why do museums matter to you?

Museums matter to me because they function as artistic, historical, and cultural centers for the communities in which they serve.


What is your favorite museum memory?

My favorite museum memory was when I first started my job at Telfair Museums. We just opened our Modern Masters exhibit and I was walking inside the gallery space and found myself staring (wide eyed, almost like a child) at a Joan Mitchell painting–my favorite artist of all time.

Paintings by Joan Mitchell. Photo by scalleja via Flickr.

Paintings by Joan Mitchell. Photo by scalleja via Flickr.

What museum would you love to visit?

I would absolutely LOVE to visit The Louvre. It has been my life long dream to go there.

The Louvre. Photo by Denis McLaughlin via Flickr.

The Louvre. Photo by Denis McLaughlin via Flickr.

What is your dream museum job?

To be perfectly honest, I’m currently working in my dream museum job. I work in the education department. I get to tour with kids, work with schools, and promote arts education for so many different age groups.

When you think of the perfect exhibit, what is in it?

When I think of the perfect exhibit, it includes pieces that spark conversation among visitors….whether it is something everyone likes or something that no one likes. I love that art opens a dialogue.


Who is the funnier museum twitterer…@SUEtheTrex or @NatHistoryWhale?

@SUEtheTrex! I like Chicago too, Sue!! 🙂

SUE the T-Rex at The Field Museum. Photo by mrkathika via Flickr.

SUE the T-Rex at The Field Museum. Photo by mrkathika via Flickr.

What is the most random item you have bought from a museum gift shop?

I don’t think I have ever bought anything random. My favorite thing I bought was a skyline of Chicago made out of paper from the Art Institute.


To test your museum knowledge…put these museums in order from earliest founded to most recently created: The Smithsonian, The British Museum, The Rijksmuseum, The Louvre, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Don’t worry if you don’t know…just make a guess!

The Louvre, The British Museum, The Smithsonian, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Rijksmuseum.


You may have heard of the Month at the Museum contest recently held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. What museum would you move into for a month if you could?

The Art Institute in Chicago. Hands down.

Main Staircase in the Art Institute of Chicago. Photo by maxintosh via Flickr.

Main Staircase in the Art Institute of Chicago. Photo by maxintosh via Flickr.

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Thanks to Caryn for sharing her experience. If you’re interested in participating in the “I’m A Museum Person” series, send us an email at editor@museumist.com, and we’ll get your story up on the site.

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