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December 12, 2002
Nick and Charlie entered the main gallery through a wide doorway with an illuminated glass sign built into its lintel. The sign, which was one of the oldest parts of the building itself, read ‘Hall of Antiquities’.

The hall took up more than two thirds of the museum’s total floor space. It was a vast area lit by long barrel skylights of frosted glass, which made the light fall in a diffuse glow across the exhibits. The floor was cluttered with artifacts and display cases of all shapes and sizes, but it was the mural which first attracted the eye.