Exhibits

FEATURED EXHIBIT: SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL
March 26, 2017  – October 15, 2017

 

March 26- October 15, 2017

Shake, Rattle and Roll:
Brain Building with Toys in Motion

Thompson Gallery

See, play, and learn! This show is all about mechanical toys and how they work! When you explore one of the most fun collections at the museum you’ll find toys that walk, spin, bounce, and move in all sorts of unexpected ways… some even play music!

See toys in action on video, and play with hands-on versions in the gallery, while you learn *how* they work. You’ll also get your hands on large-scale levers, gears, pulleys, and springs that demonstrate the mechanical principles that make the toys go.

“Mechanical” comes from the Greek word that means “inventive and ingenious,” and this exhibit of hundreds of vintage, collectible toys, many of which still work perfectly, will not disappoint! Discover the fun *and* the science, technology, engineering, and math of mechanical toys!

Sponsored by:
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July 18 – November 5, 2017 

The Boudoir

West Gallery

The word boudoir comes from the French bouder, to pout. It’s pronounced boo-day, which is what your face does when you say it.  It’s a room to withdraw to or sulk in.

The heyday of the boudoir was the 18th century and it was mainly for the privileged – your house needed many rooms to accommodate one just for pouting!  Eventually the term was used for the dressing room, because a French word is always more chic.

In West Gallery we are featuring a selection of boudoir wear from a humble cotton dressing gown to a slinky negligee.  There are also some garments suitable for a gentleman’s version of the boudoir – the library or smoking room.

 

September 12, 2017 – February 25, 2018

Wild About Harry! Celebrating 20 Years of Wizardry

Family Discovery Gallery

Join us in our Family Discovery Gallery as we celebrate twenty years of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books.  In our family gallery you can climb aboard the Hogwarts Express, feast in the Great Hall, play chess or read a book in the library, explore the Owlery, or work in the Weasley brothers’ shop: Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes.

WATCH FOR INFORMATION ON OUR POTTER PARTY ON Sunday, October 15, 2017

 

Opens September 30, 2017

ABOUT FACE: MAGNIFICENT MUSTACHES & BEAUTIFUL BEARDS

Osgood Gallery

Fabulous facial hair!  This exhibit will explore facial hairstyles and grooming techniques through the ages with rarely seen historical photographs and artifacts from our collection.