With so much to see and do, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. I feel like every hour I spend here, at least one new "to do" gets added to my list. So, in order to break the experience into more manageable chunks, my days will often have themes. Day 2's was "Behind the Scenes." From selling admission tickets to helping to facilitate demonstrations to getting an up-close look at the Omnimax projector - today was all about getting the inside scoop.
Probably my favorite thing today was the "Nooks and Crannies" tour with Dick Klarich. During his time working at the Museum, Dick has gotten to know this building inside and out. And today he showed me some of his favorite spaces... places that the general public doesn't get to see. We spent about an hour together and barely scratched the surface.
The building that now houses MSI was originally The Palace of Fine Arts, constructed for the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893 (if you haven't read "Devil in the White City", I definitely recommend it). I'm a World's Fair geek (and love old buildings in general) so this tour was right up my alley. Here are a few of my favorite stops on the tour:
These are the curved I-beams that support the rotunda dome.
There are some holes in the ceiling to allow room for rigging. Thankfully, one was just big enough for my arm (and camera, of course).
And here's the shot I got of the rotunda below.
There was a great view outside too (and here's proof that I get outside every once in a while).
This tour is not tall-person-friendly. Of course, these little hobbit-doors aren't friendly for most people.
HUGE thanks to my intrepid tour guide, Dick.
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