Special Exhibits

Current Special Exhibits

  • Bikes: Science on Two Wheels

    September 22, 2018 - January 6, 2019

    The bicycle, or some version of it, has been around since the nineteenth century, and it is still a popular form of transportation today. Bikes are a part of our everyday life from childhood through adulthood, but we don't often notice the science behind this wonderful invention. In the exhibit BIKES: Science on Two Wheels, we get to see over 40 variations of bikes from the late 1800's to modern times, including the classics and oddities. Through a dozen interactives, visitors are able to engage in the science, history, design, and art behind the bicycle!

    This exhibit is organized by Carnegie Science Center in cooperation with the Bicycle Museum of America.

  • 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 - March 31, 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.