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Trip Report Hill-Crest "Museum"

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Hill-Crest "Museum", Farmington, CT.

This so-called "museum" is a must skip.
The house itself was not impressive, even if compared to other manors, mansions, estates, or homes built in that era. Interior did have some few items of interest; a couple of paintings and some vase which was 2500 years old held my interest for a few seconds. Mostly, the paintings and photos were of some family members or some unknown and long forgotten persons; oh and paintings of some hay, and sailing boats by Mr.Whistler(of his mother's fame).

Someone rightfuly pointed out as to why random paintings were hung together with portraits of family members. Ooh, I know, to fill up empty space!
The walls were covered with etchings completely unrelated to anything at all. Seemed like the house's walls were intentionally covered with all sorts of knick-knacks or chatchkas or some meaningless bric-a-brac for tourists to gawk at.
Oh, and those Oriental chess pieces were most likely picked up at a Chinese flea market for $20 five years ago.

The sunken garden(ahem) is nothing more than cheap wooden benches and a gazibo of some sorts, surrounded by trees and shrubbery, with a few flowers. There is a lovely little brick wall with a hole leading god knows where. Oh, and I just love the fake wooden cows in the background.

The tour guide gave us the history and daily minutae of the family; if just to inflate the importance of these forgotten folks. Ok, so Theodate Pope was an architect; how does that justify forcing people to spend their time getting all the way out there + admission?
I could go to NYC, Philly, LA, D.C. and get my fill of museums and mansions as well.

If the few (very few) worthy items were taken out of the house, and placed in a real museum, then one would walk by the entire collection in less than 2 minutes and not give any of it another thought.

As Einstein said, everything is relative; thus, comparing this museum to others, I have to vote thumbs down(RIP Ebert).

PS: Does anyone really think this house will still exist in 100 years?

PSS: The guide really annoyed everyone by constantly asking the kids in the group how old they were. Why doesnt anyone ever ask 90 year old people how old they are?

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