November 4, 2017 – April 22, 2018


November 4, 2017 – April 22, 2018

DiG THiS.. and BUiLD THAT!

Thompson Gallery

See and touch everything from architecture and autos to books and blocks in our latest exhibit!

Featuring original illustrations from Virginia Lee Burton’s classic 1939 book Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, and antique toys from the museum’s collection, we have it all when it comes to construction: vehicles, building blocks, Erector Sets, puzzles, LEGOs, and more! There are also original illustrations by two current artists: Chris Van Dusen’s books If I Built a House and If I Built a Car, and Brian Lovelock’s books Roadwork, Construction, and Demolition.

Plus, dig out some toys and materials to create your own constructions right in the gallery! Get on a digger and move stones in the pit, put together amazing creations from Lincoln Logs, building blocks, LEGOs, and more, and try your hand at building a book to take home with you!



September 12, 2017 – March 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.





September 30, 2017 – May 1, 2018


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.





 November 14, 2017 – April 22, 2018 


West Gallery

All that glitters is not gold.  It could be lamé or gilt lace or even tulle bi-telli (if you don’t know what that is, come see it in the exhibit!). To brighten the dark days of winter, West Gallery is sparkling with gilded party dresses and accessories from our collection.  Dating from World War I to the 1970s, our party frocks are adorned with gold and silver threads, sometimes with a light hand, other times with over-the-top abundance.  We’ve added some fun facts about precious metal, too.