Special Exhibits

Current Special Exhibits
  • Image of families exploring fractions using shadows.
    Math Moves! Experiencing Ratio and Proportion

    February 5 - June 2, 2019

    In Math Moves! Experiencing Ratio and Proportion, visitors will explore key math concepts with activities that use their brains, senses, and entire bodies. Through the more than 20 interactive stations, Math Moves! invites visitors to work together to experience ratio, proportion, fractions, geometry, and much more in a physical, cooperative, exciting, and memorable way. Visitors will explore, play, and investigate math concepts as they move through the exhibit!

    Math Moves! was created by the Science Museum of Minnesota.

    Math Moves! was developed by a partnership between the Science Museum of Minnesota; Explora, Albuquerque; the Museum of Life & Science, Durham; the Museum of Science, Boston; the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE) at San Diego State University; and TERC, Cambridge, with support from the National Science Foundation.

  • Image of a case of dominoes with memories of playing the game next to it.
    What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from Iraq and Syria

    December 16, 2018 - April 15, 2019

    Photographer Jim Lommasson created a project that showcases the significant personal items that Iraqi and Syrian refugees brought with them when they immigrated to the United States. Along with their mementos, these refugees share their stories, telling us what it really means to have to leave one's homeland forever. In their search for a better future for themselves and their families, these small objects, images, and memories represent what they left behind.

    The What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from Iraq and Syria traveling exhibition is a collaboration between photographer Jim Lommasson and the Arab American National Museum. The exhibition is funded by the Oregon Regional Arts Council, the Oregon Arts Commission, Ruth Ann Brown, and the Arab American National Museum.


  • Your Kalamazoo Wings! The First 45 Years

    September 27, 2018 - April 7, 2019

    Your Kalamazoo Wings! The First 45 Years explores the history and culture of Kalamazoo's oldest professional sports franchise. The exhibit features artifacts and images on loan from team leaders and fans. Former players, including Kevin Schamehorn and Joel Martin, have loaned personal pieces to the display. The K-Wings Hockey organization and the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto have also been great resources for the Museum, lending both collections and their expertise. The displays traces the 45-year history of the franchise in Kalamazoo, including its formation, the construction of Wings Event Center, and the championship seasons. Visitors will learn how the game, team, and fan base have evolved over time and delve into some of the traditions that make the franchise unique. This includes the annual Green Ice Game, which was a Kalamazoo invention and the first-ever colored ice event in history. Recorded interviews with key players, managers, and even "Slappy" the mascot have been produced into videos used in the exhibit. Exhibit designers have included components for children and would-be hockey fans. The Kalamazoo community has made the K-Wings hockey franchise a unique part of hockey history, and this exhibit seeks to celebrate that fact.