Please Do Not Climb On Museum

The entrance to the museum at Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park in Tennessee

The entrance to the museum at Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park in Tennessee.

This past weekend, we went to Pinson Mounds to see the Indian mounds there. We have been a few times before, and we always enjoy walking around there. It was even better this time, because the weather was just perfect. History, nature, and perfect weather - what more could you ask for?

The building that houses the museum and offices at Pinson Mounds is made to look like an Indian mound itself, although it really isn’t. They probably would not have gotten very good publicity if they had dug up an actual Indian mound to build their museum.

I have always thought the sign at the museum entrance was funny, so I made sure to get a photo of it this time. “Please Do Not Climb On Museum,” they say. Of course, whenever anyone tells you not to do something, that makes the temptation even greater. I suppose the prohibition is for liability purposes, just in case someone took a tumble from the top and ended up at the bottom.

And no, we did not climb on the museum, despite the sign-induced temptation to do so. However, we did see someone who did climb on the museum later on in the day. I kept expecting angry guards to jump out and club him, all while yelling, “Can’t you read the sign? Don’t climb on the museum!” But they didn’t.

No justice for disobeyed signs, it seems.

About the Photo

A single RAW exposure, processed in Adobe Lightroom. Read more about the photo software and gear I use at the camera gear page.
Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm


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