About museums with Marisa:
How it all began
Originally from South Florida, my family took a trip to NYC when I was ten years old. I felt fully at home and amazed as soon as I walked into The Metropolitan Museum of Art- I knew immediately this is what I wanted to do when I grew up.
The picture below captures that moment- my younger sister and I, in our matching blue jumpsuits, posing in front of the Met's Egyptian Temple of Dendur. For me, the NYC family trip changed my life, and this first time visiting The Temple of Dendur would eventually turn into hundreds; each one still taking my breath away. Decades later, my future husband not only proposed marriage on the steps of The Met, but even agreed to get married in front of the Egyptian Temple!
From that point on, I was steadfast in my dreams and professional goals. My 5th grade science fair project was titled, "Archaeology: What's Under Our School?," and I experienced the joy and fulfillment of teaching and presenting throughout the science fair. I learned of the profession known as "Museum Educator,” and decided to pursue this in college. I attended The University of Michigan and double majored in Classical Archaeology & Egyptology, with a minor in Art History, and spent each summer either working on archaeological excavations or interning at prestigious museums such as The Met and MoMA.
I then headed to Harvard University to earn my Master’s degree in Art and Museum Education. I began to incorporate ancient artifacts from my personal collection into the programs I taught, using them as hands-on teaching tools, a unique characteristic that is rarely found in similar programs.
Once I finished graduate school, I joined the Global Service Corps and taught English at a remote Buddhist Monastery in Kanchnaburi, Thailand. My year abroad allowed me to travel extensively around the world. I returned to the States to settle in New York City and begin my professional career as a museum educator. Eventually I decided to focus on my passions of Egypt, Rome, and The Met Museum, and founded "Museums With Marisa."
Marisa Horowitz-Jaffe: Professional Credentials
• The University of Michigan; Double B.A. in Classical Archaeology and Egyptology
• Harvard University; Master's Degree in Museum and Art Education
• The Whitney Museum of American Art; Director of Access and Special Needs Education; Museum Education Dept
• The Museum of Modern Art; Freelance Museum Educator; Grant writer
• The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Freelance Museum Educator in Special Needs and Access
• The Westchester Children's Museum; Education Manager; Founding Education Committee
• New York State Council on the Arts; Program Officer and Grant Reviewer
•Global Service Corps volunteer in Kanchnaburi, Thailand; taught English at Buddhist Monastery "Wat Chi Chumphon"
• Archaeological dig participant on-site at Ashkelon, Israel; Dig site of the Semitic Museum at the Faculty of Arts and Science of Harvard University
Photos of Museums With Marisa