Last updated: July 30, 2020
Museum Hack was featured in this Vanity Fair cover story!
Emilia Clarke, aka Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s Game of Thrones, went on a private Game of Thrones-themed tour with Museum Hack at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Vanity Fair cover story gives a play by play of Emilia’s experience. I’ve pulled out sections of the article, below, that specifically mention their time in the museum:
In fact, the very tour we’re taking, put together by a company called Museum Hack, is based on the series, and offers a fan-friendly survey of the sometimes inscrutable displays of the Met. You don’t have to be an art historian (our guide is an aspiring actress) to understand what Greek fire, Damascus blades, heraldry, mutilated men, samurai kamon, the dragon-born St. Margaret of Antioch, and an early female pharaoh have to do with wildfire, Valyrian steel, house words, and Clarke’s world-famous alter ego.
Our guide has challenged us to photograph as many birds and dragons as we can find in the paintings and sculptures on the tour, and Clarke is approaching the task with her usual effervescent zeal. Standing in the shadow of a stone Hatshepsut, one of patriarchal Egypt’s first female pharaohs, she triumphantly displays one of the winged targets she has captured on her phone.
Nick’s note: Museum Hack tours are famous for challenging guests to use their smartphones! We get people to take pictures and engage with the art and the space. I also love seeing what guests photograph on the tours and what catches their eye.
Back underneath that statue at the Met, Emilia Clarke cranes her neck up to get a closer look at the ancient pharaoh’s smooth granite face. Hatshepsut wears a false beard that allowed her to pass more easily through the male-dominated world. Our guide points out a faint piece of carved string running up the pharaoh’s jawline holding the disguise in place. Thinking about it later, Clarke, who knows a thing or two about disguises, passing, alter egos, and powerful women, shakes her head in astonishment. “That is some fascinating shit right there.”
It makes me proud to see Museum Hack continue to grow and get recognition like this. Our team of renegade private tour guides and museum lovers is pretty great. Thank you to the Vanity Fair author for bringing another famous person to one of our favorite museums.