This venue is beautiful. Worth going for what it is as much as what it was. The building is still shiny. the auditorium smells like an expensive leather pocketbook. The grounds are immaculate. Need a show off place for your wedding? yeah girl. We had a catered lunch prepared by Ovations food service. The food was catered fare but, well presented, fresh, hot and good actually. This was a buffet with more than enough for the second and third helpings. We all took cookies and brownies home and there was enough left for the staff that had escorted us all day. The plastic dinnerware was so nice I hated to throw it away. I mention them because they are the restaurant and snack bar kitchen and cater private events. We all went wow the whole tour from the ceilings to the floors. The staff is knowledgeably and egar to tell you everything you didn't suspect about the events of the period. The resident hippy spoke to us. He is just as much part of the whole history as the dirt. His evolution is remarkable. The museum is a lot to take on one visit. You need to plan to come back. I just enjoyed the assault of sound and color. Its like an amusement park upscale. You could spend a half hour in each time capsule to read and experience all it had to tell. I loved the commune bus. I understand the artist was angry that he was asked to distress his work to represent the period. I didn't get it at first and he didn't sign it. But if I had put that much into an instillation I think I would be angry if it was reduced to a stage back prop. I also loved the floors. It is a real acid trip. Now watch out for the gift shop. It is as interesting as the museum. I stopped dropping things on the counter when it got over a hundred dollars and made myself stay out of it. But if you have will power I say make sure you look at everything. The bathroom is lovely and they even have a family room. I have only seen this once before. Be sure to check out the gallery in the lower level. There are changing exhibits. This is a very economically depressed area of the country. The museum provides jobs so don't just go for the concerts bring everybody to see the museum and enjoy the grounds. This is a must support and keep alive.
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