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This Museum Is Hiring Someone To Piece Together 7500 Puzzles

Think you're pretty good at puzzles? This might be the best chance you ever get to prove it.

Think you’re pretty good at puzzles? This might be the best chance you ever get to prove it.

The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, is seeking a full-time “Puzzle Cataloger” who’ll be responsible for working through its collection of 7500 puzzles over the course of six months.

Given some of the puzzles date back as far as the 1700s, museum curators need help finding out what images the puzzle pieces create and which historical periods and countries they came from. The eventual Puzzle Cataloger won’t be required to complete all the puzzles – rather, they’ll need to figure out their backgrounds before they put the last piece in place.

According to Christopher Bensch, Vice President for Collections at the museum, the successful candidate will be someone with a good understanding of history rather than wicked puzzle skills (though we expect those will come in handy, too).

“It’s somebody who’s curious and ready to learn. This is the chance to be immersed in a collection unlike any other,” Bensch told Travel+Leisure.

The Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester, New York

Image courtesy of The Strong, Rochester, New York

If you’re happy employed but still keen to explore The Strong’s impressive collection (it’s home to the world’s largest collection of historical play materials, including electronic games and a Toy Hall of Fame), it’s open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday, 10am to 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5pm on Sundays.

Admission costs $19 ($15USD) per person.

How To Get There

  • Fly into Greater Rochester International Airport
  • Take 25 service from Brooks and Thurston to the Transit Center
  • Walk 1km (about 10 minutes) North Clinton Avenue
  • The Strong, 1 Manhattan Square Drive, Rochester

 

(Lead image: Hans-Peter Gauster)