If you set your browser screen width to match the arrow the Museum will tend to look better.
What's been added or changed? Vist the lift and find out.
Questions: If you have any questions about the museum try visiting the frequently asked questions page (FAQs), if that doesn't answer your questions try using the "Contact Museum" link on the bottom banner of every page.
You should always check the FAQs first, otherwise you will just get referred back to them. If you try to email the museum you may find we don't respond. This is probably because your email got lost in the spam. We are currently getting about 1,000 spam messages a day. There are automatic filtering programs that help us eliminate most junk mail but sometimes they make mistakes and eliminate a visitor's mail. If you include the magic word ' pleh ' on the subject line, you have a better chance of getting your mail read. When we start receiving spam with this magic word on it we will change the word. So always check back here for the latest word.
Museum Use Directions: To move around in the museum you can use your mouse to click on any floor plan, like the one above, to take you somewhere. You cursor arrow will turn into a hand if you are over part of the floor plan that is active. If you want to check out the most recent major changes a list is maintained inside the Lift.
To Change Museum Floors: either point your mouse at the stairs near the right center of the floor plan, or the lifts near the center. You can go into the lift by picking the word "lifts" with your mouse. In the LIFT is a description of the most recent changes to the museum and a summary description of each of the museum floors. With the stairs in a similar way, you will see a description of the floor above and below when you select the word "stairs" with your mouse.
Using Page Banners: Most web pages in the museum have the same top and bottom banners as those on this page. You can use your mouse to move to some other part of the museum. To return to this "home" page click on the museum picture in the center of the top banner, or on the right hand side of the bottom banner.
Thumbnail Pictures: Throughout the museum you will see art hanging on our walls in low resolution "thumbnail" pictures. Use your mouse to select a picture! This will give you a high quality enlargement.
If you are not a member you may get a page which asks you to join the museum support group and become a member. If you click on the link <No, Thanks, take me back to the Museum.> you will end up on the entry floor plan and you will not get bothered again about joining but you will only be able to see small images.
If you enter the museum through the front door and select small image sizes as your default then you won't be bothered for a membership either.
If you are a member you can choose the size of the enlargement by selecting one of the three boxes at the bottom of the top banner. Choose the size before you choose the enlargement. This size will stay with you, for any further enlargements until you change it, or until you use the back up button in your browser that backs up beyond where you made the selection. If you record a museum page in "your favorites" or "bookmarks", the enlargement size will get recorded with it; so when you come back to it, everything will work the same way.
The thumbnails are a bit 'grainy' because they are about a quarter of the size they appear on your screen. Your browser has been instructed to enlarge them. Some browsers do this better than others. Internet Explorer is particularly bad at enlarging. We are slowly replacing the thumbnails with better resolution versions, since most of our visitors now have high speed connections to the Internet.
I hope you enjoy this virtual museum and return often.
PS This version of the museum has been in development for over five years. Much effort has gone to make the information accurate, and the pictures beautiful. During the last year we have added many galleries with many new artists and pictures. So with all the recent changes mistakes are inevitable. Let us know about any errors you find (spelling, punctuation, grammar, web links that go to the wrong place, as well as factual errors about the art or artist), and we'll try to correct them promptly.
But when you complain—make sure you give us enough information to correct it. The museum occupies more than 1.5 Gigabytes of disk space, has nearly 600 web pages, and over 25,000 html links. Finding anything not specifically identified is going to be difficult for us, so make sure your message tells us on what web pages the errors occur. For each error try to give us the old text—along with the correction. Thanks.
Note: Trying to DOWNLOAD the whole museum is a little silly—it is much too BIG. It will take a long time even with a fast connection to the Internet. Trying this will waste your resources and prevent other people from using the museum because you are tying up our resources. In the end, your copy will not work the way you want, because more than half of the museum is not referenced directly and the server programs that glue everything together will not get downloaded. The server has been instructed to deny access to images to anyone who tries to down load many images in a short period of time.
We promise that during this next year we will work on creating a CD or DVD that has a workable copy of the museum on it, that way we can still give you what you want without you hurting other people's access to the museum.
Note about plugins: Flash is used for a few informational diagrams in the museum. Quicktime is also used in a few places. Plugins for both are free, so it you don't have them installed you might consider getting them.