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2012Re: Museum visit, take II

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  • super_dave42
    May 17, 2007
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      I sent it to the address I had (drbconsulting) a couple days ago but
      haven't heard anything back yet.

      --- In Pennlug@yahoogroups.com, "Michael Tighe" <mike.tighe@...>
      wrote:
      >
      > Somebody (Mike) should talk to Dan by phone (to pick up on tone of
      voice) to
      > gage just how open he is to suggestions. Otherwise you risk
      alienating him.
      > (No matter how well intentioned, some people just don't want to
      hear how
      > things could be done better...)
      >
      > By the way, I will have opportunity to talk to him at Brickworld.
      >
      > Michael
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > "There's no such thing as too much LEGO"
      >
      >
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      >
      >
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: Pennlug@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Pennlug@yahoogroups.com]On
      Behalf Of
      > longhairedredneck220
      > Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 7:01 PM
      > To: Pennlug@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [Pennlug] Re: Museum visit, take II
      >
      >
      > -
      >
      > toymuseum@...
      >
      > -- 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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