Automatic doors can be fun!!

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In the lobby, looking through the automatic doors to the gallery
In the lobby, looking through the automatic doors to the gallery

In 1936, The Mariners’ Museum became high-tech with the installation of automatic doors in the main entrance.  These were the first automatic doors in the area, and it is reported that people would come to the museum just to check them out and “play” with them by going in and out.

Everyone was so excited about these doors that they had to describe how exactly they worked in the Daily Press on January 12, 1936.  It is as follows:   Read more

Wants his money back! (duh)

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The benefits of technology are far reaching, as expressed in an experience with a couple from Hampton, Va. who were visiting the museum for the first time!  (can you believe it?)   I said, “let me show you the treasure that exists in your own “back yard”.  I gave them the usual 3 minute greeting and an overview of the museum via our new innovative slide presentation.  Which, if you have not experienced it, is a brief docent manually controlled slide showing several views highlighting features of the galleries of the museum.  After I had finished this greeting and slide presentation, the gentleman said “may I get my money back?”  With astonishment, I remarked “why would you want that?”  He said.”well, I feel like that we have just had a TOUR OF THE MUSEUM”, His request for a refund was in jest, of course.  Naturally, I was pleased with the acceptance and reception by this greeting delivery.

Once again, the joys of being a docent continue with each passing day.