World's Most Boring Museum to Open in Springfield, IL
|From the Museum of Funeral Customs (RIP).|
Alas, while Lincoln's tomb, house and museum all still stand and Jane and Michael Stern's estimable Roadfood website has several horseshoe recommendations, we were disappointed to learn that the Museum of Funeral Customs has closed its doors. Forever.
What is wrong with people? How could they resist the opportunity to see a historical exhibit of embalming fluid and a historic replica of a 1928 "prep room"? Fie on you all! (Unreal, of course, is exempt because we weren't really neglectful, just lazy.)
Now, instead of getting a chance to lie in a 600-pound copper coffin or buy a bag of chocolate coffins in the gift shop (sigh), we may just have to settle for the National Museum of Surveying, due to open sometime this year.
Unlike a funeral, surveying seems like one of those things that is more fun to participate in than learn about via museum exhibition. The highlight of the Museum of Surveying's collection, reports Springfield's State Journal-Register, is a big plastic ball onto which cameras project images of the earth's atmosphere and landmasses and, for the little kiddies, the path of turtle migration.
|The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History's version of Science on a Sphere, soon to be seen at the National Museum of Surveying in Springfield.|