WATCH: Man ignores museum’s ‘do not touch’ sign - Ends up breaking expensive exhibit
When museums put up signs asking visitors not to touch the exhibits, it’s not because they’re a bunch of killjoys out to stop you having a good time.
It’s because people just can’t be trusted not to wreck things – as illustrated in this cringe-worthy CCTV footage, posted online this week by staff that the National Watch and Clock Museum, in Columbia, Pennsylvania.
The clip shows a horology enthusiast repeatedly fiddling with a large wooden clock displayed on the museum’s wall, until the inevitable happens and it falls off and breaks.
Museum staff wrote alongside the video: “This is why we beg and plead with our visitors to please refrain from touching objects in museums.”
The clock catastrophe is the second museum exhibit-related incident to come onto our radar on recent days.
Last week video emerged of two children visiting a prestigious Chinese gallery - the Shanghai Museum of Glass – where the started touching once of the exhibits, a sculpture called “Angel Is Waiting” by Shelly Xue.
One of them pull sit away from the wall, it falls back – and breaks.
Xue has been described by Hyperallergic as a pioneer of China’s studio glass movement. Her (now damaged) sculpture, depicting a pair of angel’s wings constructed from glass fragments, has been on public display since 2014.
The piece took 27 months to make, and Xue dedicated it to her newborn daughter.
Rather than attempting to reverse the damage inclicted by the pair, Xue has apparently decided to retitle it “Broken.”
The museum has reportedly installed a screen next to the damaged sculpture, playing the CCTV footage of the disastrous incident on a loop.