The beautiful fall weather and a holiday weekend didn’t keep visitors away from getting their Museum fix. On Sunday hundreds of people came for a last look at their favorite works of art before the Big Move to the new building.
A steady stream of visitors poured through the front doors. They arrived all day long, and many came up until the moment we closed. Families. Teenagers. Toddlers and lots of them. People of all ages. People from across the state and even from across the country.
They pondered art, conversed with friends, shared a meal in the restaurant, laughed with their children, strolled through the Park, and bought a treasure in the store.
It felt like a preview of the new kind of Museum we’re creating—a community gathering place, a social hub—a place where a variety of experiences, from the recreational to the leisurely to the sublime, await each and every visitor.
On the verge of closure, it was a great to see the Museum so full of life.
Our Last Visitors
All the way from Floyds Knobs, Indiana, Mary Jo and John Gohmann were the final visitors to leave the Museum as our doors closed on Sunday. Little did they know that by being the last to step out the front door there was a special surprise for them—a package full of Museum goodies and a photo request!
The couple was in Raleigh visiting their daughter Joanna, a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a 2009 summer intern for the Museum. The couple planned a visit after their daughter told them it was their last chance to visit until April 2010.