Man ignores museum rules, destroys priceless clock in seconds

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Man Ignores Rules Destroys Priceless Clock at Museum in Seconds

Museums 101: Don't touch anything, because if you do, you'll ruin it.

Think that's an exaggeration? Well, it took one man just 15 seconds to prove it isn't.

He was visiting the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, Pennsylvania, when he took a photo of the clock. After his photo, the man approaches the clock and commits the cardinal museum sin: he touches it.

The man was tugging and yanking at different parts of the clock.

The museum has 1,500 clocks on display, and some of them don't constantly run. Museum staffers who watched surveillance video of the man believe he was trying to get the clock to start.

His poking and prodding proved successful for just a moment, as the clock began to run... just before it fell off the wall and smashed onto the ground.

The man tried to hang it back on the wall, but it was too late.

The museum posted the surveillance video to Instagram and used it as a teaching moment, with the caption, "This is why we beg visitors not to touch museum objects!"

This is why we beg visitors not to touch museum object. #museumfail #museums #visitorfail #clock #timepiece

A video posted by National Watch & Clock Museum (@museumoftime) on

Despite media reports saying the man ran away, the museum director says he actually went to get help.

Fortunately for the man, the museum is not pressing charges. Even more fortunately for the clock, it can be repaired in-house.

It will require an extensive repair process, and staffers will likely have to clock in some overtime to get it back up and running.

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9. USS Midway Museum

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8. Chihuly Garden and Glass

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7. The Frick Collection

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6. National Gallery of Art

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5. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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4. Getty Center

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3. National WWII Museum

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2. The Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois 

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1. Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York, New York 

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