Re: Visual Storage

Melissa Houston

Hi Samantha – When The Barnum Museum closed its historic building back in 2010 due to damage received from a tornado we struggled with the idea of having something open to the public. In the end, we out-loaded thousands of artifacts from the historic building into our modern wing and opened that to the public with limited days and hours. Our visible storage was part of our “disaster recovery” and we plan on having it open to the public as work continues. You can check our website – we call the visible storage an exhibition and it is titled “Recovery in Action”. We’ve had great response from visitors but our docents have struggled with the interpretation of the space. Good luck!