We don’t need a McSmith­so­nian

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION - let­ters@wash­post.com

The ill-ad­vised plan to re­place the Smith­so­nian’s Na­tional Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory’s su­perb IMAX theater with an ex­panded cafe­te­ria shows that this grand in­sti­tu­tion needs new lead­er­ship [“Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum drops Imax,” Style, July 26]. The IMAX films bring mes­sages home in stunning, un­for­get­table fash­ion. To re­place the IMAX ex­pe­ri­ence with an ex­panded “burg­ers and fries” ex­pe­ri­ence runs so counter to the ed­u­ca­tional mis­sion of the Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion that it al­most sounds like a joke — a very bad joke. Please, shelve this idea and head back to the draw­ing board to de­velop an­other plan that does not yank the beat­ing heart out of the mu­seum. We don’t need a McSmith­so­nian. D.A. Camp­bell, An­nan­dale

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