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Magic Of The Mountain Museum Not Living Up To Potential

By on 06/03/2011

Six Flags Magic of the Mountain Museum

Back in early February, I reported that the Magic of the Mountain museum had disappeared overnight from the top of the Sky Tower at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The following week, I was told by a Magic Mountain employee that they were planning to refurbish the museum so everything was moved to the lower level of the Sky Tower temporarily. She also told me that it would reopen sometime in March, well before the official opening day of the 2011 season at the end of May. March came and went, but still no progress. Several weeks ago a few of the museum pieces started to return, although not all of them, despite the fact that there was nothing done to the space.

According to a couple of park employees that I’ve spoken to since then, they either ran out of time, money or desire to finish the project, but most likely a combination of the three. It’s really kind of sad because the museum is a great idea and park guests would love to see glimpses of the park’s past. It’s painfully obvious to me from looking at what they have on display that nobody really has put much time or effort into the museum. Let’s take a look at some of the current displays.

I’m guessing that these first two photos were hats that were worn in some sort of show. However, since they are just sitting on the counter with no labels or descriptions of what they are, there is no way to be sure. For all we know, they were left over from an employee’s halloween costume last year:

Six Flags Magic of the Mountain Museum

Six Flags Magic of the Mountain Museum

The following pieces are obviously from the old Spillikin Corners, on the backside of the mountain. I find it curious why they are on top of the display case and not inside it. They’ve been like this for several weeks, so I assume that’s how they want them displayed. The only thing inside the case is a bunch of dirt and dust. It obviously never gets cleaned:

Six Flags Magic of the Mountain Museum

These are from the old Batman live stunt show in the Action Theatre. I remember seeing it back around 2005 and it was pretty good. I don’t understand why they don’t have shows like that anymore. These were behind a glass partition, so they must not want anyone touching them for some reason:

Six Flags Magic of the Mountain Museum

I’m not sure what, or when, this is from. All I can think of is how hot the poor soul was that had to wear that around the park in the middle of summer:

Six Flags Magic of the Mountain Museum

The rest of these shots are just various uniforms from over the years. Other than the first one, which is obviously from the early years of Superman, I have no idea what any of the other uniforms were for:

Six Flags Magic of the Mountain Museum

Six Flags Magic of the Mountain Museum

Six Flags Magic of the Mountain Museum

Six Flags Magic of the Mountain Museum

Six Flags Magic of the Mountain Museum

Six Flags Magic of the Mountain Museum

Other than what you see above, the only other pieces are what you can see in my previous post, such as an old Colossus train shell and one of the original carousel horses. There are also some old signs, maps and awards posted on the walls. If you look at the background in some of the photos, you can see that there is quite a bit of dead space that needs to be filled in. The museum sign you see above says it’s an interactive museum, but I don’t know what that means. I’m assuming the interactivity is being able to sit in the Colossus car and have your picture taken. I’m pretty sure they’d frown on you trying one of the uniforms on.

I think Six Flags has some pretty neat history from each of their parks and they should not only try and preserve it, but they should show it off. Somebody needs to take charge of this museum and do it up right. A fresh coat of paint and new carpet would be a great place to start. Then there needs to be more variety in what is being shown, and more pieces on display. Finally, everything needs to be labeled as to what it is and the tower employees should be trained on what everything is. Most of them I’ve talked to have no clue what most of the items are from. Hey Six Flags: If you’re reading this, I’d be more than happy to volunteer my time to come look through your old stuff and help put together some interesting displays. Just drop me a line.

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