COLUMBIA, Pa., June 2 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania's National Watch & Clock Museum shared video of a guest violating the facility's no-touching rule and accidentally breaking an intricate sculpture.
The Columbia museum posted a video to YouTube showing a couple admiring the wooden clock sculpture, created by artist James Borden, and moving the weights in an apparent attempt to get the timepiece to run.
"Once he pulled it up a little too high, that weight came off track and the heavy weight came down, hit the clock, knocked the clock off the wall, so then you see the results," museum director Noel Poirier told WCAU-TV. "I think what he was trying to do was raise the weight up because I think he thought that would make the clock run."
The video shows the clock falling to the ground and several pieces of the intricate creation breaking loose.
"This is why we beg and plead with our visitors to please refrain from touching objects in museums. The couple did notify Museum staff immediately," the video's caption reads.
The museum said it shared the video, filmed by security cameras Tuesday, to help remind patrons of the no-touching rule.
"Apparently this visitor really wanted to see this one run," Poirier said. "For us, it's a learning opportunity for folks because there are reasons that museums ask folks not to touch things."
Poirier said the clock is being repaired and is expected to go back on display in a few months.