Every morning before the museum opens, I walk through the galleries to check on the artifacts and to ensure that the exhibits are ready for our visitors. I never know what I am going to find. Most times all is well, sometimes there are issues I have to address, and sometimes I find little “surprises” left by the visitors! This morning I took along my camera to document a typical walk-through.
|Here's where I start, at the entrance to the exhibits on the second floor of the museum. The lights are on already, but I still need to turn on the monitor for our Faces of Civil War Medicine, and sound system.|
|Of course, I check all the artifacts in the exhibits. This one in our Recruitment gallery contains a bass drum and bugle. Regimental bands were sometimes used to "drum up" recruitment.|
That concludes the walk-through of the second floor, next we go downstairs to the first floor of the museum.
|Drat! I couldn’t get through this walk-through without spotting a burned out light bulb. I’ll have to change that before the museum opens.|
|A few people like to pull back the sheet on the “corpse” in our embalming display. Sometimes I am tempted to put a real person there instead, who could open their eyes and say something when the sheet was moved!|
That concludes today’s walk-through of the museum. We’re all ready for visitors now. I hope that their surprises are in what they learn here!
Photos courtesy of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.