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World Museum of the Very Big

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Many museums have problems with their larger exhibits.

Things like ships, aircraft, buildings and locomotives require lots and lots of space. For ships, often the ship itself is the museum.

It would be good if all the big stuff should be brought together in one place. But that place will have to be quite big, if there are to be runways, rail tracks, docks and roads where working exhibits can be seen.

The criteria for the site would be:

- A large, fairly flat area with nothing much in it
- A long seacoast with deep water
- A pleasant climate allowing year-round outdoor activities

We suggest Greece, for the following reasons:

- It fulfills the geographic and climatic criteria
- It would be available very cheaply
- It's not doing anything useful at the moment
- There are several large, interesting buildings to form the core of the Built Environment collection.

The U.N. would aquire Greece by sending an emissary to the Athens parliament building to declare "Here's a euro for a cup of tea, now bugger off and bother someone else".

The nations of the world would then be invited to send their Big Stuff, possibly on a loan basis, or permanently.

Admission would be charged. Existing tourist infrastructure would be re-used. The population would have the choice of staying and working for the museum, or emigrating. Participating countries would be required to accept a quota of spare greeks.

8th of 7, Jul 20 2015

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       //Participating countries would be required to accept a quota of spare greeks.// I think you've hit the problem there.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 20 2015
  

       It's not flat. Except Thessaly. And even that's a bit crinkly, really. If it had been flat, they'd have stayed at home and farmed it, instead of putting to sea in all directions and coming home ten years late with funny ideas.
pertinax, Jul 20 2015
  

       //It's not flat.// Yet.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 20 2015
  

       I suggest Texas. We'll give them a reason for their outsized egos.
RayfordSteele, Jul 20 2015
  

       Seconded.
blissmiss, Jul 20 2015
  

       All the museums in all the world should operare a loan scheme whereby all the artefacts are ordered by size all around the whole world.
pocmloc, Jul 20 2015
  

       I'm going to a rally today to try and save the Illinois State Museum from being shut down, by politicians in a snit. We might have some big exhibits for the taking very soon. (Sadly.)
blissmiss, Jul 21 2015
  
      
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