Please Don't Touch

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  1. Gene Klodzen

    Gene Klodzen Super Moderator
    NAWCC Member

    Aug 24, 2000

    COLUMBIA, PA: The National Watch and Clock Museum recently shared a surveillance video of a pair of visitors to the Museum who couldn’t resist handling a sculptural wall clock, accidentally knocking the wooden clock off the wall and severely damaging it.

    The Museum posted the video on their official YouTube channel as a reminder to our visitors about the danger of touching museum objects. “The man who knocked the clock down spoke with Museum staff immediately so the situation could be addressed,” explains Museum Director Noel Poirier. “We do not want them to feel bad or persecuted as a result. We want to use the video to educate about the dangers of touching museum objects,” explains Poirier.

    Since being posted the video has gone viral, resulting in phone calls from media around the world asking for interviews and further information about the accident. “The Museum is proud to spread the word about its events, exhibit openings, and special programs it plans and holds each year,” shares Poirier. “We work hard to promote these happenings and sometimes we get the media response we’re looking for and sometimes we don’t. This happening certainly wasn’t planned and the incredible response from the media wasn’t expected either!”

    The damaged clock, which won a national award in 1994, was created by Minnesota artist and clockmaker James Borden and has hung in the Museum for more than 20 years. Poirier said the clock, though damaged in the incident, is not beyond repair and will be repaired and rehung as soon as possible. Its maker Mr. Borden has graciously agreed to fix the clock for the Museum.

    Kim Craven
    NAWCC Marketing and Events Coordinator
    p: 717.684.8261 Ext.231

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