“Gloriously odd. Oddly glorious.”
We love the Main Street Museum and have been there many times over the years. For lovers of the old style of "cabinet of curiosity" museums. I was in love the first time I ever set foot on their creaky wood floors and inhaled deeply the musty, tangy, divine odor of living antiquity. It floods me with pleasant Proustian impressions of beloved old libraries, natural history museums, rare book stores, and Wunderkammers. The museum is a mirror of the world, but the parts most of us give little thought because they are too weird, inconsequential, foreign, alienating, or taken for granted.
One is free to roam the museum and explore its abundance of wonders, though there is usually a staff member or volunteer available for a tour or to ask questions (you will indubitably have questions). Admission is a suggested donation of $5, and a guided tour is a suggested donation of $8. Children under 12 are admitted free. Nobody is ever turned away for lack of funds. This non-profit museum seems clearly to be a labor of love and the small amount of money they ask is just to keep the project going, not to make a killing.
Make sure to call ahead. We have learned from their newsletter that they've had to make some changes to their hours of operation due to the ongoing harassment and terror tactics of an aggressively intolerant neighbor who (among other things) screams racial and homophobic slurs at museum patrons. To my mind this is not a deterrent to visiting the museum, it makes it so much more important to go there and support them in the face of this shameful siege.
Check out their website for listings of their special exhibits and live events! We have been to events there and they sure do know how to throw a party. You get live entertainment, sure, but you also have this comforting sense of being enveloped in a community. White River Junction might not look like much to the casual observer, but scratch the surface and you will find a warm and vibrant group of very creative and generous people!
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