|View single post by calcav1|
|Posted: Sun May 18th, 2008 09:36 pm||
|I must say I was rather impressed with the new visitor center. My thoughts:
Parking - The lot quickly filled up but I went on the 2nd weekend it was open and the crowds were staggering. There were two nearby over-flow lots that still had ample parking spots available.
Entrance - This was probably the one part of the building that did not impress me. The foyer was massive and was indeed a waste of space. The first thing greeting a visitor was the entrance to the bookstore followed by the entrance to the museum and theatre. Just beyond was the ticket sales area which was roped off like a ride at Disneyland. This was for the Eisenhower NHS, LBG's and the movie. At the far end of the foyer, against the far wall adn almost as an afterthought, was the desk for the Park Rangers. Very few visitors were making it to the rangers desk. The information desk and the Rangers should have been located right inside the main door.
Book store/gift shop - A good (not great) selection of books on one end and gawd awful tourist junk at the other.
Exhibits - The museum was outstanding and the use of media and interactive exhibits was very well done. The monument locator maps particularly impressed me. It was a touch screen monitor that zoomed in on any requested monument or troop position. The films in the exhibit area are outstanding. I can't recall just how many there were but I believe there were at least nine.
Research room - There is a bank of computers in the research room with access to a few internet sites.
The new VC is well worth a trip by itself.