Museum Attendant Thoughts

2013-06-18 06:22:03.000 – Samantha Brady,  Summit Museum Attendant


My alarm goes off at 6:30am; I jump in the shower and get dressed. When I awake I typically find Marty waiting by the door for me to pop my head out.As soon as I am done getting dressed I head to our kitchen where I make my breakfast and iced coffee. The start of my day is here. On a clear beautiful day I make sure that I eat my breakfast outside on the rocks or get a small jaunt in before the crowds start to pile in. On cloudy, rainy days I just hope for some excitement and head downstairs to our Museum.

Being the Museum Attendant you are lucky enough to socialize with people from all over the world. The majority of these people can’t understand how we do what we do. Some people can’t even fathom the idea of themselves staying up here for a night, others asking how they can! Just like the Observers, the Museum Attendant is up here on the same shift schedule. I spend the majority of my day selling t-shirts and souvenirs. I answer all kinds of questions.

My lunch break is covered by the two interns we have working up here in the summer time. I spend my hour getting to know the workers of the Cog Railway and the Auto Road. We all work in this unique place and all have unique stories. I return back to work until the end of the night. I am done when the last person leaves the summit.

I close up shop and head to the living quarters for dinner. Dinner consists of the group of us sitting down at a table like a family and talking about our days past and days ahead. Sometimes Marty hanging by to listen, or stare. Dinner usually ends too quickly and before you know it, it’s already time for bed. Many ask what we do in our free time and if we ever get bored up here. The answer is our work is never done. We work long days and many hours all to enjoy the week off following our week spent up here.


Samantha Brady,  Summit Museum Attendant

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