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2010Re: Museum visit, take II

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  • longhairedredneck220
    May 16, 2007
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      -- In Pennlug@yahoogroups.com, "super_dave42" <dclr@...> wrote:
      >
      > Ok. Could I have his e-mail address again?
      >
      > --- In Pennlug@yahoogroups.com, "longhairedredneck220"
      > <longhairedredneck220@> wrote:
      > >
      > >
      > > 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.
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > Dan-
      > > > 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
      > > > time!
      > > >
      > > > 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
      > > > this
      > > > 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
      > > > construction.
      > > >
      > > > 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
      > > > (unless
      > > > > > there's a more appropriate place to put it).
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > > Sounds Good to me
      > > > >
      > > >
      > >
      >
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