Looking over my Salem pics, including the Leonard Pickel Lizzie exhibit, I think perhaps this one is the closest to a “Wow” factor. It’s a replica of the Andrew J. Borden burial plot at Oak Grove Cemetery and it’s pretty well done.
The dark mirrored background reflects on one of the last text “story boards”as seen on the right side. This gives the URL and phone number of the B&B in Fall River. Pickel had stated to the press he would have a computer where visitors could go to the B&B site and make reservations. But he must have changed his mind, because there isn’t one….that would be “interactive”. 😉 Note the one other visitor who was there the entire time I was.
Preliminary comments on Salem Lizzie exhibit: In two words – it’s Ho Hum. Far too text-heavy in the storyboarding style display – tho neatly done. Makes you feel like you’re reading a book – or could have skipped the exhibit and done just that. Nothing new except a 3-dimentional paper mock up of the Borden house and immediate neighbors – most out of proportion. Exhibit has no “Wow” factor, and contrary to what Leonard Pickel has been saying, there IS NO INTERACTIVE FORENSICS. THERE IS NO AUDIO, NO VIDEO, NO INTERACTIVE COMPONENTS WHATSOEVER. ONE JUST READS AND READS AND READS. TIRESOME. THERE IS NOT ONE SINGLE IMAGE THAT YOU HAVE NOT SEEN IN BOOKS OR ON THE MULTITUDES OF INTERNET WEBSITES ON LIZZIE BORDEN. NOTHING NEW – JUST A STRAIGHTFORWARD TELLING OF THE STORY. IT CERTAINLY IS NO MUSEUM BY ANY DEFINITION.
PEOPLE WITH DISCRETIONARY DOLLARS WILL OPT FOR THE WITCHCRAFT EXHIBIT NEXT DOOR – WHICH IS WHY THEY VISIT THAT AREA OF SALEM IN THE FIRST PLACE. It is well organized and he does plug the Lizzie Borden B&B at the very end.
I WILL GIVE MORE COMMENTS WHEN I PRESENT A STEP BY STEP TOUR THRU THE ENTIRE EXHIBIT WHERE YOU WILL SEE EVERY SINGLE THING THAT IS IN THERE AS I PHOTOGRAPHED EVERYTHING. THEN YOU CAN DECIDE IF THE ALMOST LAUGHABLE RE-CREATIONS OF THE COURT ROOM, “COMBINED” MURDER SCENES, ET. AL., ARE CHEESY OR “TRUE”. 🙂
I’ve been in Fall River at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast but this is just A QUICK CHECK IN. This 4th trip so far this year has been action and travel packed. I’ll have plenty to report about:
THE FIVE HOUSES OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
WSAR RADIO INTERVIEW FEEDBACK
FORGOTTEN QUAKER’S CEMETERY
LIZZIE EXHIBIT IN SALEM
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY IN THE HOUSE
SERENDIPITY OF MEETING ARTIST JOYCE TENNEY AT THE B&B
VISIT WITH BOB DUBE’, OWNER OF MAPLECROFT
CARR-OSBORNE HOUSE AND THE BROTHERS KARAM
THE *OTHER* AUGUST 4TH STORY (TSK, TSK SK)
THE BEACH NEXT TO FORT TABOR
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH BASEMENT SHRINES – A HIDDEN TOURIST ATTRACTION
SWANSEA AND MEETING GARDNER DESCENDENTS
THE DUNKIN DONUTS MURDER MYSTERY
UPDATE ON THE LAST GASPS OF THE BROWNELL HOUSE –
(YES! I TRESPASSED AGAIN!)
JFK LIBRARY LITERAL BUMP-IN WITH CAROLINE KENNEDY SCHLOSBERG
FALL RIVER’S CORNY BLAH BLAH COLONY RAILROAD EXHIBIT
“ALONE” PAINTING FOUND AT ANTIQUE MALL
WHY FALL RIVER’S MOTTO: “WE TRY” SHOULD BE:
“WE TRY BUT JUST NEVER GET IT RIGHT”
AND SOME GREAT NEW STAFF & TOUR GUIDES/HOUSE MANAGERS AT THE B&B.
But it’ll have to wait until I get home next weekend.