Fab Fads: Fifty Years of Fabulous Fads!
October 25, – January 20, 2014
From poodle skirts and hula hoops to pet rocks and disco dancing, fads have been taking the country by storm for years. Wenham Museum’s Fab Fads exhibit explores the biggest toys; fashions and music to hit American pop culture from the 1950s on. Young visitors – and the young at heart – will enjoy playing with reproductions of the vintage toys on display, experiencing the rise and fall of hemlines in the costume closet and dancing “The Twist,” “The Hustle” or “The Macarena” in this family-friendly exhibit.
Join in the fun as the museum welcomes the award-winning
Yo-Yo People on Sunday, November 3.
Rescue Railroad Model Train Layout
Veterans Day Weekend
November 9th through November 11
Included with admission
Train and fire fighting fans of all ages, come to Wenham Museum to explore “Rescue Railroad” a dramatically humorous model train layout featuring all things fire; from burning buildings to fire trucks and firefighters, this display has something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Railfans will enjoy a display of classic toy fire trucks and model fire stations and model train memorabilia on loan from the private collections of Wenham Museum’s Model Train Curator Rob Flanagan of Beverly and museum train volunteer Al Coughlin of Malden. This special visiting model train layout will be on display Veteran’s Day weekend only!
Crowning Glory! A Hat for All Seasons
In September, our three-season celebration of the hat in West Gallery begins it's last chapter. Airy summer chapeaux will give way to the rich colors and textures of our collection of fall and winter hats--from luxurious velvet, padded silk, feather and fur to the humble hand-knitted stocking cap. Hats to keep you warm and hats to make you glamorous including a selection of over-the top cocktail hats and whimsies.
The Museum: A Display of Illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds
Written by Susan Verde and Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
“When I see a work of art, something happens in my heart!”
Follow the playful adventures of a little girl as she discovers the emotions art evokes and the creativity these feelings inspired on her tour of an art museum. This whimsical collection of original illustrations from the acclaimed children's book, The Museum, just might inspire you to create your own work of art!
Playtimes and Pastimes of Colonial Children
Family Discovery Gallery
Colonial children had many chores and responsibilities, but they also had a love for fun just like people do today. When you come to the Family Discovery Gallery this Fall, you can dress in Colonial costume, do some Colonial chores in our miniature Claflin Gerrish Richards House, tend the village shop and then learn to play with puzzles, games and toys that were popular in the 17th & 18th century.
Wenham Museum’s Flavorful Fantasies
7th Annual Gingerbread Express and Contest
December 7 - 15
Everyone's invited to enter Wenham Museum’s gingerbread contest, Flavorful Fantasies! Imagine the Gingerbread Express model train traveling through a sugar coated village filled with cleverly crafted buildings that make the world a sweeter place: a candy cane factory, pizza parlor or even a green grocer! Build your gingerbread "house" at home or construct one at The Wenham Tea House on December 7th and enter it in the museum's contest! All buildings will be returned to the owners following the Gingerbread Express model train layout display on December 16, 2013.
Happy 50th Birthday G.I. Joe!
February 21 – May 11, 2014
In 1964 Hasbro introduced the world to G. I. Joe – the first ever action figure!
Come see Rocky, Skip, Ace, and Joe (the original 1964 names) and discover how these figures, prototypes, and accessories changed playtime for generations.
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