Special Exhibits

Current Special Exhibits
  • 1st Floor Gallery

    Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine
    May 27 - September 4, 2017

    Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses during the American Civil War and how their service as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender, pushing the boundaries of the role of African Americans in America. Many histories have been written about medical care during the Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons, and hospital workers has often been overlooked. Through historical images and period documents, the exhibit reveals the life and experiences of surgeons like Alexander T. Augusta and Anderson R. Abbott, and nurses like Susie King Taylor and Ann Stokes, as they provided medical care to soldiers and civilians while participating in the fight for freedom.

  • 3rd Floor Gallery

    Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice & Dinosaur Discovery

    June 17 - September 17, 2017

    Crossing the threshold of these exhibits means traveling back in time to explore the age of the dinosaurs. In "Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice," visitors move through the exhibit, encountering unfamiliar landscapes, touchable dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes, and opportunities to investigate clues about what the dinosaurs left behind. The exhibit features three distinct sections: Land of Fire (a warm dinosaur habitat), Land of Ice (a cold dinosaur habitat), and a Field Research Station. Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice was created by Minnesota Children's Museum and nationally sponsored by The David B. Jones Foundation.

    In "Dinosaur Discovery," take a step back into the Mesozoic Era, where dinosaurs from the Cretaceous Period are still alive and well. Wander through the exhibit to see a family of Triceratops grazing, as well as the mighty, carnivorous, and roaring Albertosaurus! Be sure to look up to see the Pteranodon flying overhead! Although dinosaurs went extinct 66 million years ago, you can still adventure through this part of the exhibit and see dinosaurs come alive through the use of animatronic creatures! Dinosaur Discovery is brought to you by KOKORO, LLC.