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Why wasnt the Science Museum honest about how small the scrolls actually were. Also, they really don't pertain to a wide diversity of people. The exhibit was large and had lots of information, but the scrolls were more like scraps. As long as the Science Museum wants to continue marketing in a way that is a twisted dishonesty, they will continue to have their patrons wonder what in the h*** they're thinking. Bye Bye scraps.
I always wonder about these numbers-paying and "grant" attendees. It's like light-rail. They count the riders, not the ticket sales. There seems to be a wide chasm most of the time when it comes to "believable" government reporting.
What did you expect? The Dead Sea scrolls are like 2 thousand years old. They are scraps. And where else are you going to go to see even those anywhere?! Appreciate what you have. I've been to other Science Museums and I think the MN one is my favorite. It's certainly one of the best in the country.
worst exhibit I have ever been to...information was repetitive, and the important points explaining why the scrolls found their way to the caves was buried 3/4s of the way through the exhibit. I agree the tiny fragments were very disappointing...if they could put the magnifiers on the coins, why could they not have the same on the tiny pieces..you had no way to appreciate the linguistic differences that were being highlighted...the confusing description of the history, coupled with leading text that wanting you to "pick one" answer implying that there could be only one explanation, (but loathing to explain what it might be,) was po-mo history at its worst...why couldn't Qumran be a garrison, a pottery source and a trading village? They are not mutually exclusive! Then being forced to tour the St John's exhibit, without a choice to skip it was orientalism pure and simple...the whole thing had the feel of saying...yeah, that old testament stuff is interesting, but really, it's all about how great the last 2 millenia have been, right?
but I was also disappointed in the total amount of Dead Sea Scrolls I actually got to view. The total area of the DSS was probably less than two square feet.
Also, when I was there, the power on all the audio devices (that you can listen to as you view the exhibit) was discharged so they could not be used. It would have been nice to have known that before I paid the additional fee for the exhibit.
The ancestors of most of us of European/UK heritage, spent the last ice age (10,000 years ago), huddled in caves in Spain. As the climate warmed, they headed north. Some of that cave art has been preserved. The Dead Sea scrolls of 2,000 years ago, is just yesterday's news.
I am crying inside.
I thought the exhibit was awesome! Thank you Science Museum!
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