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The Art of the Artifact:

Art Inspired by the Wenham Museum Collection

Thompson Gallery

May 30 – August 24

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.

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Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days: Summer Fashions

West Gallery

May 12 – 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!

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Our Amazing Brains: How We Learn Our Whole Lives Through

Family Discovery Gallery

June 24 September 28

Learn 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.

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It’s a Snap! Community Lego® Art

September 17 – October 17

Registration Form

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

 

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COMING THIS FALL!

Only The Vest

West Gallery

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.

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A Real American Girl: Elizabeth Richards Horton

Egbert Gallery

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.

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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.  

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Revolutionary Lives: New Englanders in the 1700s

Family Discovery Gallery

October- January 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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Only The Vest West Gallery

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.

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