If you build it…

In Museums on May 25, 2011 at 3:15 am

Today we have another tale of two museums, and I begin with a museum that was recommended by several people – the National Building Museum.

I must admit, on walking in to the museum, I was absolutely wowed by the space. As always, photos can’t really do it justice, but take a look at this:

It’s no wonder this place is used as a venue for one of the several inaugural balls. You can just see the white square in the middle of the room – that’s there to symbolise the long association of the museum with these events.

I’m afraid that’s the problem though. There are exhibits, dotted here and there, but you have to walk to find them. This building is an impressive collection of empty space. You can’t photograph in the galleries, unfortunately – with the exception of the lego gallery, but that’s a pay-to-enter part of the museum, and after seeing how small it was, I wasn’t willing to part with the cash. There’s a great exhibition downstairs on the World Fairs of the 30s, but apart from that, it was meh.

As you can see from this sign, the museum doesn’t help itself in feeling like a work-in-progress. It’s just an events space really. What an events space! But still – I don’t think this could reasonably constitute a museum at the moment. The gift shop is full of cool trinkets, but they’re overpriced in the extreme. $2 postcard, anyone? No, didn’t think so.

I feel that this is almost a non-blog, but this is a non-museum right now. There really isn’t much to say about it! Stick your head in and have a look at the fantastic atrium, take a photo, but then keep on walking. There is literally nothing to see here people.


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