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Train Time 18: Farm to Table by Train at Wenham Museum

Open through February 22, 2015

Thompson Gallery

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Every other year, the museum presents Train Time, a special display of room-size model train layouts built and exhibited by our model train volunteers! This year, our theme is Farm to Table by Train! In this exciting exhibit, train fans will have a “rail” fun time discovering the role our railroads have played in moving food from the fields to our tables since the early 1900s. Get an engineer's view as you push the layout operating buttons to start the tiny locomotives traveling through country landscapes and stop at cattle, dairy and produce farms. Imagine waiting at the station platform as you stand next to a full-size antique baggage cart loaded with antique milk cans, luggage and steamer trunks once used in the 1920s. And see a rare display of large locomotive models built by renowned model builder Wilbur T. Frey and vintage railroad advertisements.

Visiting model train layouts are scheduled throughout the exhbit.

The NMRA HUB Division Model Train Layout will be on display MLK weekend and The New England Lego Users Group Lego Train will be on exhibit Valentine's Day weekend.

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National Model Railroad Association HUB Division Model Train Layout

One weekend only!

January 17 – 19

Included in admission

Train enthusiasts!

Come explore America’s greatest hobby

as members of NMRA HUB Division display their expertly engineered modular train layout at the museum, their first stop as they travel across Massachusetts.  

All ages

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Wilbur T. Frey Model Locomotive Display

Open through March 29, 2015

Visit the museum to see a rare collection of hand built steam locomotive models created by model builder Wilbur T. Frey. Discover how these large scale models were crafted using mostly wood and cardboard and built from only a photo of the engine. The models are on loan from private collectors throughout Massachusetts and Maine.

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The 6th Annual Lego® Train  

Saturday and Sunday, February 14 – 15

Included in admission

Train fans feed your obsession for model railroading and Legos with a visit to see The Lego Train! Experience the thrill of watching a rainbow colored L-gauge model train racing along a Brick-track as it speeds by soaring skyscrapers, country cottages, mountainside ski slopes, and a crazy carnival, all designed with the highest degree of precision by The New England Lego Users Group.

All ages

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True Blue:  Everybody’s Favorite Color

West Gallery

January 20 – May 31

From navy so dark it’s almost black to the palest tint that’s virtually white, blue runs the gamut.  To celebrate this perennial favorite, we have chosen a selection of shades and textures of blue from workmanlike chambray to silvery lame. Our display will include crisp silks, luxurious velvets, dignified wool, and ethereal lace from ice blue to dark navy.  We even have a fantastical bedspread of silk and marabou feathers!

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Imagine Me: What Shall I Be?

Family Discovery Gallery

Opens February 4

Enter into the work place of a doctor, a chef, and a builder. Learn through pretend play what each of these people does for their work.

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Revolutionary Lives: New Englanders in the 1700s

Family Discovery Gallery

Open through January 31, 2015

Experience a child’s life in a 1700s Colonial New England village with traditional chores, dress-up and code puzzles.  

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A Real American Girl: Elizabeth Richards Horton

Egbert Gallery

Opening, September 27, 2014

Be inspired by true the story of a seemingly simple person, Elizabeth Richards Horton, who made a difference in the lives of countless children around the world. Ms. Horton grew up in the museum’s historic house and later in life donated her international doll collection to the museum. As an adult, Elizabeth allowed local children to exhibit her collection for the benefit of children's charities and later sent one of her dolls around the world from 1900 - 1902.

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Frozen: The Real Story of Ice on Wenham Lake

Thompson Gallery

March 14 – August 23

So, what is it that the character of Kristoff in Frozen does for a living? He harvests… ice? Why would anyone need to harvest ice? Well, come and find out at the Wenham Museum’s exhibit. Slide into spring on an ice rink right in our gallery, role-play the magic of Elsa in her frozen world, and discover what a real ice harvester does.

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