There’s a lot going on in Balboa Park right now, especially with the centennial coming next year. It has a few people wanting to maximize the impact of each park institution’s spaces.
Our own Kelly Bennett returns with a piece on Balboa Park’s San Diego Automotive Museum and the changes it might have to make in the future. After turning down the possibility of a merger with the Automotive Museum with the Air and Space Museum, some people – namely County Supervisor Ron Robert and hotelier Bill Evans – believe the Automotive Museum isn’t taking advantage of its space.
“We don’t expect every museum to be a great big museum with a worldwide following,” Roberts tells Voice of San Diego. “The idea of the automotive museum, I think, is a good one. I’m a little disappointed in the way this one operates.”
Fair enough. Then, Evans offered this harsh criticism:
“It’s basically a large empty building with a lot of cars that are placed unimaginatively. There’s no narrative that goes on. There are some special shows every once in a while. But it seems like it’s more a place where people are parking their cars and there’s no rhyme or reason.”
Ouch. No, really. Someone get the Automotive Museum some aloe for those burns.
Museum executive director Paula Brandes likes that the museum is small because it offers more freedom.
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