Parents Destroy 800-Year-Old Museum Artifact While Posing Their Kid for a 'Photo Op'

kids ruin museum artifact
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Official / Flickr

It's always a risk (and a challenge) when you take your little ones to a museum. Although it's an educational and enriching experience for kiddos, it can also be stressful and exhausting for the parents chasing after them to ensure that they don't touch anything that they aren't supposed to. Unfortunately, not all moms and dads get worn out from making sure their kids don't ruin historic artifacts -- there are some out there who actively help their kids do the permanent damage.

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One family recently did serious harm at Prittlewell Priory, a museum outside of London, when, according to the New York Times, they ruined a historic artifact while trying to take a photo of their child.

The adults ignored the standard "look but do not touch" rule and lifted their kid over a museum barrier to place the child in an 800-year-old sandstone coffin for a snapshot. Not surprisingly, a piece of the coffin broke off.

This is what it looked like before the incident:


Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Official / Flickr
And this is what it looks like now:

Family Damages 800-year-old coffin at museum
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Official / Flickr

Instead of saying anything about the damage, security cameras caught the parents quickly removing the child and booking it out of the museum -- after taking the photo of course. Luckily, the museum will be able to restore the chunk of missing stone. However, after this incident, the museum plans to place the coffin in an enclosed case to protect it from future visitors.

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Nobody wants to be the family who gives other parents with young children in public a bad reputation, and sometimes accidents happen, but it's important to remember the example that we're setting for our kids. Some adults clearly have just as much to learn as their little ones when it comes to appropriate museum behavior. 

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