The Art of the Artifact:
Art Inspired by the Wenham Museum Collection
Extended through August 30
What happens when artists of today are inspired by the toys, textiles, and trends of yesteryear? Come and find out at the Wenham Museum! Nine New England artists have taken a close look at the huge collection of vintage and antique toys and other artifacts at the museum and have been inspired to create bright, brilliant (and sometimes very funny) new art! Kids and adults will be inspired to make their own art right in the gallery and climb into a life–size version of a toy that inspired the art.
Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days: Summer Fashions
Open through September 14
After the winter we just had here in New England, we are thrilled at the prospect of those hot summer days! To celebrate their arrival, we have chosen a selection of summer fashions from our collection. Spanning over a century, from delicate sprigged muslins to funky jumpsuits, skorts and summery shoes we'll explore how summer wear has changed over the years. And -- a new feature for our fashion and textile gallery -- we are including doll clothes, many of which have never been on display before!
Our Amazing Brains: How We Learn Our Whole Lives Through
Family Discovery Gallery
Open through September 28Learn how the different parts of our brains develop to perform all their important functions. Discover games, puzzles and activities to keep our brains healthy and growing from early childhood until our elder years. Presented with support from Marbles the Brainstore.
COMING THIS FALL!
It’s a Snap! Community Lego® Art
September 17 – October 17
Come Build on the Fun! Everyone is invited to build and display a Lego sculpture in our Community Lego Art exhibit. Pre-registration is required.
Wenham Museum reserves the right to disqualify any sculpture that it deems inappropriate for our audience.
Contact: Jane Bowers, Exhibitions Curator and Manager; 978-468-2377 x105 or email
Only The Vest
September 9, 2014 –January 4, 2015
Men’s fashions tend to get short shrift when it comes to costume exhibits. But we are going to right this wrong with a display of vests from our collection. From a striking embroidered silk wedding waistcoat from the late 18th century to a cheery 1950’s tartan number with some eye-catching models from the 19th century in between, we will explore what for centuries was a mainstay of menswear.
A Real American Girl: Elizabeth Richards Horton
Opening, September 27, 2014
Be inspired by the true story of Elizabeth Richards Horton, a little girl who 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. In 1922
Learn more about this special collection at the Trails and Sails event: Dolls, Dolls and More Dolls on Sunday, September 28.
Gingerbread Express Model Train Layout
December 7 – 14
The Gingerbread Express model train layout brings spirit of the holidays to life in this winter-wonderland of candy covered storybook cottages created by members of our community.
Revolutionary Lives: New Englanders in the 1700s
Family Discovery Gallery
October 1, 2014 - 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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