2001Re: Museum visit, take II
- May 12, 2007
Excellent Dave! Go with it!
--- In Pennlug@yahoogroups.com, "super_dave42" <dclr@...> wrote:
> Ok, here's what I've got so far. Any other suggestions, comments, or
> whatever- just let me know.
> After our visit to the museum, we've been thinking of different ways
> we could help get things ready. We're very interested in seeing the
> Toy Museum- and you- succeed, but we noticed several obstacles that
> might be in the way of that success. The three of us (and the rest
> of PennLUG) are eager to do what we can to help out. We hope that
> this list will inspire rather than discourage you- this museum is an
> incredible undertaking and we want to cheer you on. Please let us
> know if there's anything more we can do or if you have any questions.
> Mike, Chris, and David
> 1. Tackle the facility/environmental issues first: plumbing, wiring,
> paint, walls, floors, handicap access, restrooms (men, women,
> family/unisex/handicap), cleaning. Clean MOCs in dirty room quickly
> become dirty MOCs.
> 2. Get to the hardware store and buy some 2mil plastic, a BIG roll
> of it. Clean off those models and display pieces and COVER THEM!
> Don't uncover until the night before opening day- save yourself some
> 3. Image is a lot. Make a good first impression, even before the
> museum opens. Weed kill, then burn off with a propane torch all the
> weeds in the parking lot. Get some cheap sealer for the blacktop and
> the front will look 100% better. People won't notice much else
> outside. Mike can paint, do masonry repair, organize construction
> work, carpentry, tile work, roof repair, and a lot more. "Use me
> Dan, I can build Lego, but I could do a lot more for you with tools
> in my hand and a clear plan. It wouldn't hurt if I had some good
> materials to work with as well."
> 4. Mike has a lot of construction experience. Had he known how much
> would need to be done he would have brought tools to help get things
> in order.
> 5. Need a dumpster right outside the front door for us to throw all
> that trash away! Getting a majority of that stuff out of the way
> would be a huge help. Also, a dumpster outside communicates progress
> ("we're doing so much work we need to throw stuff away!").
> 6. Make a master timeline from now until opening, along with "task
> lists" denoting all the things that need to be done in each area.
> David has moderate experience with project management; he can handle
> with input from Dan.
> 7. Constrain the themes from universes to galaxies. So you've got
> a "Western" room. Do you have stock Western sets to display
> alongside the sculptures? Do you need MOCs to fit in with stock sets
> or sculptures? Does "Jurassic Park" need a backdrop or a foreground
> MOC? Does it try to replicate the movie park or reinterpret it?
> Decide what's actually needed (building-wise) and make a list for
> each room.
> 8. The rooms need natural light but the view of the ramshackle
> buildings in the neighborhood needs to be blocked. Cover the windows
> and leave glass block untouched or have a professional tint with
> heavy colored tint. Use different colors for different rooms: Orange
> to simulate sunset in western room, teal/blue in the aqua room,
> green in the dino room, etc.
> 9. Rooms need to be painted to match theme. Maybe murals, or at
> least put up posters (IN FRAMES!) that coincide with theme.
> 10. All those lockers- what are they really doing? Sell off a bunch
> to finance the project. Keep some for the sorting room for builders,
> maybe some for display possibilities. It would also give extra space
> in the halls for big models.
> 11. Got a room, a mess and not ready? Put maxi figs with brooms
> around the mess and voila instant "excuse our mess as we continue to
> build." (This was something Chris brought up.)
> 12. With time of the essence, maybe consider opening just the
> basement and first floor. It gives more time to dedicate to the
> first two floors and makes it easier to get ready to open. It would
> also give visitors a reason to come back to see the rest.
> 13. While a COLTC room is good, a room dedicated more to the hobby
> in general is good too! Info on clubs, LUGs, AFOLs, LTCs, and events
> all over the world would be really interesting.
> 14. Make the sorting room a featured room. Bins and containers
> NEATLY arranged and set about. All that Lego sorted, and with more
> coming in, would make anyone's eyes pop. And they get to see where
> lots of the building happens, sort of a "behind the scenes"
> experience. While the COLTC and Lego Rick rooms are both active
> construction/display rooms, the current sorting room could be
> changed into a "Builder's Workshop." The "theme" of that room could
> be the ongoing changes and development of the museum, with incoming
> parts, sorting, and in-progress construction on display.
> 15. Bathroom: Plexiglas over the top and front of one stall. They
> open the stall to find a maxi fig on the throne. Cheap, easy to do,
> and I guarantee people will talk about it long after they've left.
> 16. Lego light boxes would be great in hallways and stairwells.
> 17. Make a map- it could be just a rough diagram on cardboard or a
> surplus chalkboard- and put it in the main hallway. This will help
> visitors and volunteers get a feel for the place while it's under
> 18. Each room's entrance needs a sign!
> 19. We looked around and what we saw was a lot of unfinished stuff:
> items in the hall half put together, in disarray, a lot of junk in
> the way. Decide where it goes and tell us and we'll put it there.
> 20. David is a librarian by training. To establish credibility as a
> museum, it would be a good idea to catalog (both for visitor use and
> yours) and describe the exhibits. While it's great to have
> a "pneumatic-activated Lego band," it'd be much more professional to
> have a "pneumatic-activated Lego band, built in 19xx and formerly
> displayed at Legoland Denmark as part of a promotion for the 19xx
> product line. You can see the parts from some of these products
> featured in the.... This piece was purchased from TLG for $xxxxxx."
> David can do some of that if he has the raw information. Know your
> pieces' pedigree!
> --- In Pennlug@yahoogroups.com, "longhairedredneck220"
> longhairedredneck220@ wrote:
> > --- In Pennlug@yahoogroups.com, "super_dave42" <dclr@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Ok- I guess I'll take a first swipe at it and then post it
> > > there's a more appropriate place to put it).
> > Sounds Good to me
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