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I loved that damn museum...The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was...Certain things they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone.

If Holden feels so lovingly about the museum, then why does he decide not to go inside?


Holden is afraid that the museum has changed since he last visited; he does not want the real museum to differ from the way he remembers it.


Holden realizes that visiting the museum without twenty other classmates in tow does not feel quite right.


Holden considers going inside the museum, but decides against it once he sees obscene graffiti outside the entrance.


Holden suspects that although the Indian and mummy exhibits interested him as a kid, they would look lame and juvenile to him now.


Holden realizes that seeing the mummy exhibit would remind him of Allie's death, and the permanence of his absence.

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