Forum - Museums

Jeffrey Daniels wants museum-going to be a more selective activity.

‘Mummy, I want to go home! ' These were the words that rang in my ears today as I walked through the temporary exhibition gallery at the Geffrye Museum. I turned to look at the familiar sight of two trendy young parents, he bearded and earnest, she long-skirted and even more earnest, one child blissfully sleeping on its father's chest in one of those canvas carrying contraptions, the other, who had uttered the plaintive cry, a bored, tired four or five-year old, listlessly clutching its mother's hand. How should one judge such parents? As well-meaning but misguided people, or simply as selfish?

A recent visit to the Musée Cognacq-Jay, where there were three other visitors and where the guardians follow at a discreet distance to ensure that nothing is touched.

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