Police turning out in force for museum illumination

The seasonal illumination of the facade of the Museo de los Niños will be Wednesday. This is a big event that attracts a lot of parents with their children.

The big problem is that to reach the museum visitors have to pass through an area that even police officers are loath to visit.

So the Fuerza Pública will turn out in force to protect visitors. An estimated 10,000 persons are expected.

The illumination includes songs, comedy sequences and a fireworks display.

In addition to the Fuerza Pública, traffic police, firefighters and other agencies will be present.

The police are calling the effort the Ruta Segura. At 4 p.m. Calle 4 will be closed from Avenida Segunda to the entrance to the museum on Avenida 9. At 6:30 p.m. the road will be opened again because of the evening rush hour. But an hour later, the road will be closed again until the end of the event.

Police said they hope that spectators use the blocked route to arrive and to reach bus stops when the event concludes.

Police also will construct a perimeter on all sides of the museum, which happens to be a former prison. It now is called the Castillo de los Sueños or “castle of dreams” because of its architecture and turrets.

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