I’m probably not the only one this happens to, but it seems to be so dang frequent in my world…
- There will be a mix-up based on similar names – such as Lorch and Lorsch. You will go to the wrong one first, assuming you can find the second one at all.
Lorsch is fascinating, but it has a small museum that is mostly about the tobacco industry and local manufacturing. More about the abbey would be great. Lorch is on Roman foundations and was expanded by the Staufens, including Frederick Barbarossa and Frederick II. Because it was and is such magnificent high ground commanding two river valleys and dominating the regional road network, the site survived the Reformation, 30 Years War, and a lot of other things. Lorsch would be fascinating with more time and a lot more archaeological and Carolingian background material. Lorch has a very nice museum and gift shop.
- The thing you really want to see will be either a) on the road on loan or b) removed for conservation. OR
- Not on display that day for other reasons (like a water leak in the room next door…)
- If the stars and planets do align, the items will have been permanently removed from display and are now only available to select, vetted researchers who have valid reasons to see the originals. And there are no copies on display. [Yes, Albertina, I am looking at you.]
- Natural history museums will have at least four school groups present, ranging in size from “small and easy to trip over” to “view-blockingly tall.”
- You arrive the day after, or leave the day before, “National Free Museum Day!”
- All the objects from a certain time period, let’s say Paleolithic and early Neolithic, have just been moved to a new state of the art, separate museum. Two miles from the last trolley or bus stop. And outside the cab ring.
- The museum will be in between exhibits. Large portions will be closed so that the new stuff can be assembled without patrons tripping over curators and vice versa.
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