We almost skipped this museum, but since it was next door to our hotel we decided to check it out...boy are we gald we did! We really enjoyed it. There is a little bit of everything...all kinds of quirky collections and artifacts, so there is probably something for eveyone.
In addtition to all the astifacts, the building & it's history are fascinating; we loved seeing the old hotel's steam & sauna rooms and what had been a plunge pool. The ballroom, with it's high-polished wood floors & bright windows was great - made even more s when you looked down 3 stories to what used to be the indoor pool. Make sure to read the placards & posters when you are up here - it gives you lots of info about the pool & casino...like how on opening night there were 1,200 hundred people there & the orchestra played on a Venetian barge in the pool! In it's day i was the larges indoor pool in the world.
We also absolutely loved the 11am demonstration in the music room. All of these automatic music machines that are anywhere from 90 to 130 years old. They were wonderful, as was the lovely woman who did the demonstration and gave the history & other info about them. it was about a 30 minute demonstration, and it was absolutely charming - you could not help but smile for the whole time!
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