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Does anyone else think that some museums are fake?


    
I went to the Washington house museum at Mt Vernon and I thought the rooms and artifacts looked fake. I asked the tour guide and she gave me a rude look and walked away. It just seems to me that a lot of exhibits like at the Smithsonian appear to be too new and not from the actual time period that they supposedly...
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I was aware that several naturalists had "laid down the law" as to the position to be taken by local museums, and that notably Mr. John Hopkinson, of the Watford Natural History Society, had written his views upon the subject; but these views are, I think, probably somewhat narrowed by the small size of the museum he had in mind whilst writing. Though agreeing with him in the main, I considered that very few provincial museums, excepting Liverpool, could boast of having anything like so large a space for the exhibition of specimens as we possessed in our zoological room.
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