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Past Exhibits

Once Upon A Time

June 5 - September 19, 2021 The bilingual exhibition (English and Spanish) is a unique and educational experience that emphasizes the importance of reading and the significance of fairy tales throughout history. From an African jungle to a giant’s castle, visitors explore larger-than-life pages of six of the world’s most famous fairy tales: Anansi and... Read more »

Masters Of American Photography

May 1, 2021 - August 8, 2021 Americans embraced photography in the mid-19th century; 150 years, and countless millions of photographs later, their fervor has not diminished. It is hard to imagine an aspect of 20th- century American life, whether personal or political, intellectual or commercial, that photography has not influenced. The exhibition examines photography... Read more »

Social Fabric

Open NOW through September 5, 2021 Award winning fiber artist Salley Mavor (born 1955) has spent four decades developing her signature style and working methods, carving out her own niche within the children’s book world and the fiber art community. Mavor’s three-dimensional embroidered tableaus have been used as children’s book illustrations, social commentary, and stop-motion... Read more »

Framed: Step into Art

February 27 - May 22, 2021  The Upcountry History Museum will continue its mission of connecting young audiences with hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning experiences when it hosts Framed: Step Into Art. The bilingual (English and Spanish), 1500 square foot exhibition transforms the works of well-known painters into interactive environments. Children... Read more »

Pigskin Peanuts

January 16 - April 17, 2021 Lucy first pulled the football away from Charlie Brown on November 16, 1952. Known as “The Fall Classic” it became a rite of autumn in American pop culture. The annual “pulling away of the football” was shown nearly every year through the run of the Peanuts comic strip. Artist... Read more »

White Christmas: The Exhibition

Extended - Now Open through February 13, 2021    In December of 1941, seventeen days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Bing Crosby made the first live radio performance of a new song called “White Christmas.” Crosby’s unforgettable voice, singing what would become one of the most iconic Christmas songs ever written, went almost... Read more »

Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog

June 9  - October 24, 2020   The Upcountry History Museum and America’s beloved big red dog with a heart to match will invite visitors to board the Birdwell Island ferry and journey to the world of Clifford The Big Red Dog. Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog, an interactive, bi-lingual (English and Spanish),... Read more »

Guaranteeing Her Right…The 19th Amendment, Women and the Right to Vote

March 7 - March 13, 2021   The campaign for women's voting rights lasted more than seven decades. Considered the largest reform movement in United States history, its participants believed that securing the vote was essential to achieving women's economic, social. and political equality. Culminating 100 years ago in the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S.... Read more »

Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad

February 15 – August 8, 2020   They left in the middle of the night – often carrying little more than the knowledge to follow the North Star. In the decades prior to the Civil War in 1865, an estimated 100,000 slaves became passengers on the Underground Railroad, a journey of untold hardship, in search… Read more »

Ghost Trail: U.S. Marines & The Battle of Tarawa in the Pacific, 1943

August 22, 2020 – January 3, 2021 The November 1943 invasion of the Gilbert Islands was the beginning of the U.S. “island hopping” campaign in the central Pacific during World War II. U.S. commanders determined that amphibious attacks on Japanese-occupied islands was the key to victory. The island of Tarawa was the first target in... Read more »

The Amazing Castle

January 25, 2020 – May 10, 2020   The Amazing Castle, an interactive bi-lingual (English and Spanish) exhibition featuring knights, kings, queens and a dragon, will invite visitors to travel back in time to a medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play. King-sized learning adventures abound in the child-sized fortress. As… Read more »

Love a Vet: Honoring Our Military Veterans

July 6, 2019 – January 5, 2020   The Museum, in partnership with the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation and the 52 Reasons to Love A Vet charitable organization, hosted the national traveling exhibition Love A Vet: Honoring Our Veterans. Through art and artifacts the Love A Vet exhibition, and its related programming, encouraged the public to… Read more »

Down the Rabbit Hole: Imagining Alice’s Wonderland

June 15, 2019 – October 20, 2019    The Upcountry History Museum in partnership with Walt Disney Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Walt Disney Family Museum, Charles M. Schulz Museum, Daura Gallery at Lynchburg College, and renowned artist Charles Santore, invited visitors to fall down the rabbit hole to discover an immersive enchanted world that... Read more »

Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails!

May 25, 2019 – September 8, 2019 What began in a young boy’s imagination in 1911, evolved into a bedtime story, a long running book series, one of the most successful children’s television programs of all time, and an international traveling exhibition. Today Thomas & Friends reaches 110 million households across the United States and… Read more »

Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings

February 23 - May 26, 2019 Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum the Jerry Pinkney: Imaginings exhibition and a companion interactive exhibit designed for children, explored the artist’s engagement with literature, his legacy of creating powerful images, the joy of reading and the power of sharing stories. Imaginings featured over 100 watercolors and sketches, as... Read more »

The Original Mad Man: Illustrations by Mac Conner

February 9, 2019 - May 12, 2019 The Original Mad Man: Illustrations by Mac Conner, a special exhibit organized by the Museum of the City of New York, featured the work of McCauley (Mac) Conner, one of the leading “Ad Men” of the 1950s and 60s. During this time, Conner’s captivating advertising and editorial illustrations... Read more »

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

November 3, 2018 – February 10, 2019 Celebrating the holidays in true Peanuts-style, the Upcountry History Museum hosted the latest traveling exhibition from the Charles M. Schulz Museum, titled Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! The Peanuts-centric exhibit invited visitors to enter the world of Charlie Brown, as they explored the making of the 1965 holiday classic and reflected on… Read more »