Teen Gives Met Museum a History Lesson

May 4, 2012 11:33am

A brainy 13-year-old from Connecticut caught a mistake in an exhibit that was overlooked by curators at the world-famous Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Benjamin Lerman Coady was visiting the museum with his mom when he noticed Spain and parts of Africa were missing from a 6th century map that purported to show the Byzantine empire in its prime.

The seventh grader, after visiting the museum last summer, filled out a card at the front desk notifying curators of the inaccuracy.

“The front desk didn’t believe me,” he told the Hartford Courant. “I’m only a kid.”

Benjamin didn’t expect to hear back from the museum, but in January, the teen received an email from Helen Evans, the museum’s Byzantine art curator acknowledging the mistake and thanking him for being the first person to bring it to the museum’s attention.

Evans invited the 13-year-old to meet with her at the museum, an offer he gladly accepted.

The teen told the Courant he learned a valuable lesson from the experience.

“If you have a question, always ask it,” he said.


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