Friday, January 11, 2019

Friday Smiles 303: The Museum of World Treasures, part 1

I'm joining Annie's Friday Smiles and this week we are visiting a new museum.  It's not really a new museum, because I've been here before.  However, for this visit, I'll be checking out some areas I've never seen before.  But first, let's start with a few funnies I found when I was cleaning my office last year.

A couple decided to go to Cyprus for the weekend, but because they both worked it was hard to coordinate their diaries. So they decided the husband would go a day early, and his wife would join him the following day. On arriving, the husband thought he would email his wife from his laptop, but he accidentally incorrectly typed her email address and sent it off without realizing.
A widow had just returned from her husband's funeral. He was a minister of many years who had been 'called home to glory' following a heart attack. The widow checked her e-mail, expecting messages from relatives and friends, but instead found this:
      To: My Loving Wife
      From: Your Departed Husband
      Subject: I've Arrived!
I've just arrived and have checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was. (P.S. Sure is hot down here!)

One afternoon, this guy drives down a highway to visit a nearby lake and relax. On his way to the lake, a guy dressed from head to toe in red standing on the side of the highway gestures for him to stop.
The guy rolls down the window and says, "How can I help you?"
"I am the red jerk of the highway. You got something to eat?"
With a smile on his face, the guy hands a sandwich to the guy in red and drives away. Not even five minutes later, he comes across another guy. This guy is dressed fully in yellow, standing on the side of the road and waving for him to stop.
 A bit irritated, our guy stops, cranks down the window, and says, "What can I do for you?"
"I am the yellow jerk of the highway. You got something to drink?"
Hardly managing to smile this time, he hands the guy a can of Coke and stomps on the pedal and takes off again. In order to make it to the lakeside before sunset, he decides to go faster and not to stop no matter what.
To his frustration, he sees another guy on the side of the road, this one dressed in blue and signaling for him to stop. Reluctantly, our guy decides to stop one last time. He rolls down his window, and yells, "Let me guess. You're the blue jerk of the highway, and just what the heck do you want?"
"Driver's license and registration, please."

 The homeowner was delighted with the way the painter had done all the work on his house. "You did a great job." he said and handed the man a check. "Also, in order to thank you, here's an extra $80 to take the missus out to dinner and a movie."
Later that night, the doorbell rang and it was the painter. Thinking the man had forgotten something he asked, "What's the matter, did you forget something?"
"Nope." replied the painter. "I'm just here to take your missus out to dinner and a movie like you asked."

A guy was very much in love with a beautiful girl. One day she told him that the next day was her birthday. He told her he would send her a bouquet of roses, one for each year of her life.
That evening he called the local florist and ordered twenty-one roses with instructions that they be delivered first thing the next morning.
As the florist was preparing the order, he decided that since the young man was such a good customer, he would put an extra dozen roses in the bouquet.
The poor guy never did find out what made the young girl so angry with him.

Farmers Fred and Luke were fishing on the side of the road. They made a sign saying "The End is Near! Turn yourself around now before it's too late!," and showed it to each passing car.
One driver that passed didn't appreciate the sign and shouted, "Leave us alone you religious nuts!"
All of a sudden they heard a big splash.
Fred grinned at Luke. "Do you think we should just put up a sign that says 'Bridge Out' instead?"

Now let's head to OUR destination!

Today we are

returning to

the Museum of World Treasures.  It was my foodie friend Sally's choice of how we would spend Smithsonian Day, the one day of the year this museum is free if you get a ticket from the Smithsonian website.

It is located in Old Town which is about seven or eight miles from my home, in case you are interested.

It was shortly after noon when we arrived and we found the weekly Farmer's Market vendors were tearing down their tents and preparing to go home.

I knew it was too late to shop, and I was glad, since Sally is hard pressed to tear herself away from homemade goodies.  Surrounding the museum are these informative areas where you can sit and learn about what industries were started in what year in Wichita, KS.

I think this is my favorite of all the sculptures.

I suspect it's because I have a pair of those ice tongs (only much smaller, of course).  Since  you can't really see anything,

I tried to lighten it in Photoshop.  Is it just me, or do you also  like how they represented the ice being picked up by the ice tongs?

Yet another sculpture too shady to make out that I lightened in Photoshop.

It's amazing how different the sculptures look when shown in full sun. 

I was really miffed that the man placed his sign in front of this one.  It was still there when we went inside.

This one lightened in PS, but the colors were no longer quite accurate.  I like how the "rails" represented the railroad.

This is the latest sculpture showing how Old Town came to be.

This is the other side of the ice tongs sculpture.

Yes, I seem to be enamored with this one!

This is the "sunny side" of the railroad display.

I took this photo,

this photo,

and this photo,

which I lightened in PS, to show how these sculptures were all aligned.

One final look as the vendors at the Farmer's Market pack their wares,

and people

take advantage of these sculptures (lightened in PS).

I asked Sally what she planned to see inside, and she pointed to her earrings, made to represent masks.  Oh look, I even photobombed my own photo, although I assure you, my top doesn't fall that low below my armpit.  Even my camera is distorted.

I realize this photo should be rotated, but I wanted you to see the banner from this direction, rather than how it is hung.

This is the map I got when I entered the area where you normally pay.  It's too bad I had to fold it in quarters, because the area I plan to visit is the 2nd floor with the Military and other 2nd floor galleries.  Now that we've seen the outside, we'll start on the inside next Friday.

As always, I am grateful for your continued visits.  Now let's visit Annie's Friday Smiles, where it never hurts to begin the weekend with a big smile, just like Annie's. Feel free to join in with a post of your own, too.

15 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

That's an interesting museum, and even better if it was free. The 'Art Palace' museum here offers free tickets every Thursday, which is great, and all other museums have a free evening on the first Wednesday of each month, which is fantastic for long summer evenings. Have a great day, Valerie

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

A smile or two raised today Elizabeth. Could you imagine the size ice that picker would pick and how large the G&T would be hee hee!!
Good find that one day freebie, great walk around those outdoor exhibits and I agree how rude of that vendor to obscure the view. Look forward to seeing all that is inside.
Sorry i've been absent for a few days had very limited available online time, hoping for a more chilled out weekend. Hope yours is a Happy one!
Hugs Tracey xx

Annie said...

Your funnies got me chuckling today....thanks for sharing them with us. The Museun looks very interesting....look forward to seeing the inside next week.
Annie x

My name is Erika. said...

Sounds like an interesting place. I was looking at the directory and it has some interesting things. I'm curious to see the world treasures as the weeks go by. And nice ice tongs, too. Happy Friday!

Divers and Sundry said...

I loved these historical sculpture displays, and it's such a good use of the space. I can imagine sitting there :) The museum itself sounds like a wonderful attraction, the kind of place I can see myself going to at least once a year or more often as display changes strike me. You are so close to such a variety of attractions!

Angela Radford said...

What a great way to display the history but a shame the guy with the sign doesn't have more respect. Loving your funnies too, very good and made me smile for sure. Hugs, Angela xxx

Lisca Meijer said...

Your funnies were very funny today and I laughed and chuckled.
How interesting those sculptures and so informative too. Great idea.
Do tell Sally that her earrings are beautiful! I am really looking forward to next week to see inside the museum. I love museums My hubby doesn't so when we are sight seeing we skip the museums. In the UK I used to spend a morning or an afternoon in a museum or art gallery on a day off work, and there usually is a cafe to have coffee and some lunch. The perfect day out! In the UK all museums are free except for special exhibitions. Even then it is usually worth paying if the exhibition is something I would be interested in.
Have a good weekend,
Keep smiling,

froebelsternchen said...

Fantastic funnies Elizabeth and thank you for taking me with you to that interesting place! WOW!!!So many fantastic attractions !
Happy weekend!

I do miss Alison.. I hope it is everything all right with her!

Big hugs, Susi

da tabbies o trout towne said...

thanx for sharing the museum photos AND the jokes; they are hill larry uz az da tabbies would say, can't decide if I like one or two the best !! ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺3♥

Meggymay said...

Yes I have had a good smile this evening Elizabeth, the funnies are great.
The photos from the outside of your museum visit looked good and I am sure we are going to be having a real treat as you share the photos from inside the building.
Yvonne xx

Rita said...

Great jokes!
Looks like an interesting place to visit. :)

Julia Dunnit said...

I love the sculptural timeline, and I really admire the way the downtown area has been relatively recently established, it must be a real asset and to have a weekly Farmers Market must be lovely! I am glad that you got free’s something that we enjoy over here all the time, which I find odd in comparison!

Lowcarb team member said...

I did enjoy reading your funnies, and I'm still chuckling.
Lovely pictures of the Museum, it does look interesting.

All the best Jan

pearshapedcrafting said...

It looks like a great place to visit - especially if it's free! We are very lucky here that a lot of our museums are free all the time! Hugs, Chrisx

Jeanie said...

How did I miss this one? Wow -- Museum of World Treasures! That is THE greatest name for a museum in the world!

Looks like a really fun day!