EXHIBITS



In our new museum space, we are really excited to bring immersive exhibits to the kids of our area, exhibits that will excite their imaginations and let them experience different places and times. Not every child can travel to far off destinations, but every child is an explorer and an adventurer at heart. These are a few of the adventures we're planning to bring to life in the years ahead (the exhibits with double stars {**} are those that are planned to be included in our incubator museum when we open in Spring 2017):

• Squish: Pacific Northwest Camping
** A hallway lined with evergreens leading to a small clearing, a tent, a campfire, and all the stars you can count. This exhibit will be accented with murals, stuffed slugs for cuddling, and graphic posters of itchy plants to avoid. Have a forest picnic, tell tales by the fire, and let us know what you pack for your camping trips!

• Stop the Presses: the Key and Arrow Mid-Century Newsroom
** A busy, bustling office with desks to explore, cameras, typewriters, and a kid-friendly printing press. A portable version of this exhibit was tested at the Lane County Fair in July 2016, and families loved testing out typewriters, rotary phones, and our Little Adventure Press as reporters at The Key and Arrow. Older visitors can contribute stories to our monthly kid-produced newspaper!

• Active Dig Site: Southwest Desert Paleontology
* A tyrannosaurus skull, sand pits filled with fossils, a field tent, and tables for recording fossil finds and making your own fossils. A smaller version of this exhibit was tested at Mt. Pisgah's Play in the Rain Day in November 2015, and at the Lane County Fair in July 2016. Families dug in dig bins, discovered dinosaurs, bones, and fossils, rested in our field tent, and made fossil records at our research table. Come dig with us!


• Soft Rock River Bed Quiet Area
** A quiet play area away from the hustle and bustle where families can rest among the rock and boulder pillows, relax in comfy chairs, and explore a sensory bin and quiet toys. A calm safe space for little ones, nursing moms, and kids experiencing sensory overload.

• Shakespeare’s Globe Theater
** It all begins with a low, accessible stage bordered by a curtain. "Backstage", kids will find costumes, props, and simple sets for putting on their own shows. A piano, gently played, provides music for the production and a planned sound effects station adds to the fun! While the audience waits for the show to begin, they can learn more about William Shakespeare through graphic posters and a video presentation on the history of the Globe Theater!

• Tree House Library
** The Magic Tree House books inspired us to create a tree house library, filled with adventure books and resting under a leafy canopy. Books can be borrowed and returned by active museum members, or read on-site by all in cushy bean bag chairs!

The Big Build: World Block Masonry
** Throughout time and around the world people have built structures, both the humble and the fantastic, using various materials to create stacked block masonry. Inspired by graphic travel posters featuring some world structures throughout history, your kids can use hundreds of big, light blocks to create towers, walls, and Taj Mahals.

• The Build Room
** Find a rotating collection of building an engineering toys including Lego, Magnatiles, fort-building gear, K'nex, cardboard, and more. The Build room will always be shifting and changing to provide new opportunities to build and innovate!

• The Art Room
** Much like new school (now a part of Adventure!), the Art Room will be an open space for creating arts and craft projects by kids and families. Two easels will be constantly stocked, and materials for drawing will always be on hand. To help inspire you and to help make the art room sustainable, we'll be introducing two projects at a time and providing the materials to make those projects. Of course, materials can be used in dozens of ways, and our projects will be open to interpretation and experimentation! Expect a global and historical focus to some of the projects to help encourage kids to think deeper about some of our exhibits.

PLANNED FOR THE MONTHS AND YEARS AHEAD:


• The Trading Post
* Our twist on a children's museum staple: a market! Throughout history, trading posts, bazaars, and marketplaces have been where people gather to exchange goods and services. Our Trading Post exhibit will change periodically to be an Oregon trading post from the 1700s, an outdoor French marketplace from the 1950s, a town square in a small hilltop village in modern-day Mexico, and dozens of other unique but universal trading posts from around the world and throughout time.

• Under the Sea
*Experience life in the deep with under sea murals, costumes to play act as sea life, and maybe even the remains of a ship wreck!

• Venice, 1920s
* Travel over the Bridge of Sighs, rock down the canals on a gondola, build a house along the water, listen to accordion music, and explore cabinets full of artifacts.

• Native Architecture
* See how native and ancient peoples built shelter, and try your hand at building your own!

• Egyptology
* Explore a pyramid, photograph a sarcophogus, help assemble a canopic jar, and translate hieroglyphics! Along the river bank, see how papyrus grows and find out how it's used to make art!

• Cave Exploration
* Caves are amazing! Experience stalactites, stalagmites, bats, cave paintings, bears, and the cool dark. We'll run a sound track of the inside of an actual cave, provide head lamps and helmets, and basically let kids become spelunkers.
• Incan Empire
* Explore the ancient Incan empire and find all its secrets and treasures.

• The Arctic Circle
* Visit with the animals and ice of the Arctic Circle, and learn about the people who call it home.

• Paris, 1890s
* The World's Fair, a secret apartment high up in the Eiffel Tower, music, and art, and beauty.

• Easter Island
* The giant heads of Easter Island have bodies buried under the earth!

• The Art and Science of Michelangelo
* Artist and scientist, Michelangelo was a skilled inventor. Come build and study and draw!

Visiting the Moon
* A lunar rover, a space suit, and the eerie landscape of the moon make a fascinating backdrop to explore!

These Adventures and many more will be possible with your support! Have a talent to share? Is there something you'd like to donate? email AdventureChildrensMuseum@gmail.com