And while they also do a fantastic job of literally interpreting the meaning of the word "museum," they sort of, in a way, fail at the spirit of the whole thing. Let's start with the dictionary meaning:
museum (n) - an institution, building, etc. for preserving and exhibiting artistic or historical objects.
Okay, simple enough. But that is a pretty broad definition. If you want to get technical - and I do - my family was right when we called the old dance hall above my grandparents bar "the museum" because it was filled with "historical objects" that were being "exhibited." In reality it was just filled with old junk and wasn't yet full enough to prevent anyone from looking at everything up there, even an eight year old kid. But we were not correct in the spirit of what a museum is. Because there were no purposefully erected exhibits or displays, and it wasn't really intended for people to see.
|Secret Service - all of them. They just want you to think "Matrix"|
I mean, I get it. I really do. I completely and totally understand the reasoning as to why it is not open to the public. The argument goes approximately like this: "There are items and displays in the museum that give away the secrets of how the Secret Service operates and having that knowledge in the public sphere could jeopardize the safety of our agents and those they are bound to protect. Also, it will make our job really, really hard." I agree. You have a hard enough job, Secret Service, I don't want to make it any harder. But I assume that somewhere in your budget there are line items to run the museum, create displays, acquire material, and pay the salary and benefits of a curator and probably at least one other staff person. So put away a little money for reorganization. Put all that sensitive stuff in a separate VIP invitation only room behind a door. Commercial doors are only like $3000 these days so get it done.
Let us see all the cool stuff in your museum. Okay, let me rephrase that. Let us see all the cool stuff in your museum up close and personal, and not through a video on Yahoo! News, although thank you for at least letting us see that. But we want more. We deserve more. I am not afraid to whip out the "taxpayer" card, although in reality these days that is kind of like trying to win a pot by playing a pair of fives. But live up to the spirit and intention behind any museum. Open it up for us all. Because I really want to spend some time up close and personal with that interactive Wall of Heroes.