I had read a glowing "ad" in a guide book, and reviews on this site, and was truly looking forward to a great visit. What I found was a once marvelous building in a rather shabby state of repair. With very few exceptions, every single piece of art pointed out to us was either broken, scratches, chipped, torn, dirty, or some how second rate. The overall condition of the many pieces was abysmal. I felt more like I was looking at a hoarder's leftovers than a first rate collector's treasures. To make a bad situation much worse, the tour "guide" (a fussy little man with obviously little to no art history training)was long winded, boring, misinformed, and kept giving his personal opinion about art, rather than fact based info. Several times during the very brief tour he tried to push/sell rental time of the facility," at $8000, for the space only, nothing included". We were disgusted and horrified by his overall ignorance and shabby presentation. He told us that since he "ran long" we should just hang around and try to make it up with the next tour. Really??! We bolted out of there, and thankfully were able to apologize to some foreign visitors about what just transpired inside. They were as stunned and confused as we were. Sad. I would most heartily recommend TUDOR PLACE or the DAR Museum instead.
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