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!

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On View Through August 31, 2017

Storybook Quilts

Osgood Gallery

At the turn of the 21st century, the Common Threads Quilt Guild began a project called the Storybook Quilts under the leadership of Pat Gandt.  The quilts were sewn with love by the members of the guild with the goal of supporting literacy and fostering interest in the needle arts.  The guild drew inspiration from children’s books that used quilts or coverlets as an integral part of their stories.




On View through August 19, 2017  

Illumination: Light, Shadow, Reflection

Family Discovery Gallery

Explore the properties of light by manipulating shadows and reflection. Capture refracted light through prisms and colors of the light spectrum. The gallery offers many interactive components including translucent toys like MagnaTiles and colored blocks. There are two light tables, mirrors, kaleidoscopes and an overhead projector for creating a design on the wall.




March 16 – June 30, 2017 

The Little Black Dress

West Gallery

A celebration of that fashion workhorse, the little black dress, from its early days in the 1920s to the 1970s.  We’ve added a few stylish cocktail hats, too: black, of course.