Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A Trip To The WWI Museum

Dad has been wanting to see the WWI Museum for a very long time. The folks decided to visit this past Saturday.
Liberty Memorial Tower at WWI Museum


Visitors can go to the top.
View from the top of the tower.



The admission price to tour the WWI Museum is $14 a person.  Mama did her best to find a coupon, but didn't have any luck.  It is half price on Wednesdays, but that was not an option for the folks.

Mama's favorite part of the museum was a glass bridge that you cross to enter the exhibits.  Under the bridge are 9,000 red poppies.  Each poppy represents 1,000 soldiers that died during the war.  It was hard to get a good picture since the glass had a lot of glare.  The windows you see are actually the ceiling reflecting on the bridge.


Volunteers offer tours of the museum and the folks decided to go that route instead of exploring on their own.  Mama said they learned a lot more from the tour guide than they would have on their own.



Propaganda trench. The tour guide said that it was used to convince mothers to allow their boys to join the service.  The real trenches were nothing like this.

German gas bell which was used to warn people of gas attacks.

Gas masks

Trench - see the floors are mud and not wood like the propaganda one.

German machine gun

Part of film that shows America preparing for war.

The model for this poster didn't show up, so the artist painted himself.  Mama always thought it was "Uncle Sam". No matter where you move in the room, his eyes and finger follow you.  It is strange.


Dog collar used during war to send messages.  Bell let soldiers know where the dog was.

Tank

Motorcycle used during war


The folks enjoyed the museum. They were there for four hours and Mama said they probably could have stayed longer. 

Joey,
The Greyhound Who Is Glad He Has A Bed To Sleep In And Not A Trench
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