I grew up in Spfld and we spent spring break visiting family. When I was young, I had my artwork displayed in some of the yearly 'all school exhibitions' and knew my 10 y/o son would enjoy seeing other kid's artwork. Additionally, we love animals, so having Audubon's exhibit was a great draw.
Since I was here many years ago, they have expanded and improved the museum. They had worksheets for kids to engage them in the exhibits, and I was so happy to see my son busy sketching after being inspired by the other kids work.
However, we almost left before we got started. When entering the museum, several staff behind the counter looked up at us- seeming surprised and even agitated by our presence. I thought I was at the 'wrong' entrance (there is only 1!) and checked my watch, but we were well within open hours. We finally asked if there was a fee, and if we could take a tour. A woman then said it was free, we could help ourselves to the brochures, to not use flash photography, not to touch the art, and to stay at least 12 inches back from it. As I had left my giant strobe flashes and "I love to fondle art" T-shirt in the car, this greeting startled me a little. A bit more welcoming woman tried to make up for the abrupt intro by showing our son where the kids worksheets were.
The exhibits were good. It is free to tour. If staff could improve their welcoming, this could be a nice retreat.
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