As a museum educator it is my goal to infuse joy and creativity into the museum experience and encourage visitors of all ages to think critically about objects and their stories. I believe strongly in the power of creative educational programs to empower young people and positively impact their lives.
Museum of History & Industry
Currently Emily is a full-time educator for the Museum of History & Industry (Seattle), where she designs and facilitates learning experiences for students and families, manages the MOHAI Youth Advisors program, and supervises interns.
Harry Potter at the Met
Harry Potter at the Met was an innovative museum tour project entirely researched, designed, and led by Emily Turner. The hour and a half tour explored the Met’s world-renowned collection through the lens of Harry Potter by uncovering the mythology and folklore that inspired the Harry Potter universe. Trivia, dueling, and a touch of theatre made the tour an interactive experience for fans of all ages. 73 tours from June 2014 through July 2015 totaling 652 guests from the tri-state area and beyond ages 7-70 years, a mix of first-time and veteran Met goers. Public tours were run through a partnership with Sidetour and Groupon, with additional private tours for bachelorette parties, corporate team building, birthdays, and museum professionals.
Museum of chinese in America
As an educator for the Museum of Chinese in America, Emily led and developed K-12 school programs, historic walking tours, and drop-in family programs. Topics covered included immigration history, Chinese American customs & traditions, stereotypes & media literacy, and the built environment.
Emily was also the curriculum writer and teaching artist for a visual arts & literacy after school program in partnership with the Museum of Chinese in America and MS 131, funded by CASA. Students explored their neighborhood while strengthening their interviewing, writing, photography, and video-making skills. The program culminated in an interactive showcase of the students' work at the museum.
Brooklyn Historical Society
As an educator for Brooklyn Historical Society, Emily led in-gallery school programs, walking tours, and in-classroom workshops that explored Brooklyn's 400 year history. Topics covered included the built environment, slavery/abolition, maps, and the American Revolution.