Smithsonian’s Museum Support Center Suffers Snowy Roof Collapse

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We here in Chicago, as we’re sure you in “real” winter climates do, always snicker to ourselves a bit when Washington DC area complains about the snow or the cold. As President Obama put it when a snow day was called there last year, “”Folks in Washington don’t seem to be able to handle things.” But despite the foot or so of snow we got earlier this week, we’ve had a pretty easy season. We certainly haven’t had it so bad that pieces of our museum archives are caving in. Such was the case at the Smithsonian‘s Museum Support Center, which holds objects for the National Air and Space Museum, where all the recent snow caused a roof and a wall to collapse. Fortunately, it sounds like the museum was smart to buy all that Tupperware when it was on sale last fall:

Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas said the collections are safe in a sealed container inside the building.

St. Thomas said the facility includes buildings from the 1950s that were slated for demolition in the coming years. She said items stored at the building are not of high value, though it wasn’t clear what collections were inside.