Toys, Trinkets and Trifles: Toys and Miniatures from The Drexel Collection
December 4, 2015 – February 15, 2016
Main Building, Rincliffe Gallery, 3rd Floor
The nostalgia for childhood playthings is especially strong around the holidays. Relive your childhood in The Drexel Collection’s toy wonderland. These tiny objects and toys are some of the most captivating pieces in the collection. Lovingly selected and carefully preserved, they can now be appreciated as decorative art objects that inspire us to admire their craftsmanship as well as their evocative powers.
The toys and miniatures collection is one of The Drexel Collection’s most extensive, donated in 1976 by Marjorie Ellis Kroha, class of 1914, home economics. The toys and games on display represent the playthings of the past, from elegant miniature furnishings to fire trucks to blocks, as well as some more recognizable games from your childhood.
Organized by Lynn Clouser, assistant director, with the help of the fall 2015 museum leadership exhibitions and planning course, this exhibition explores the ways in which toys, games and the act of play inspire, instruct and delight. The exhibition is on display in the Rincliffe Gallery on the third floor of Main Building at 3141 Chestnut St. from December 4th through February 16th. The Rincliffe Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Gallery is free and open to the public.
Pictures of the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Woodblock Prints
February 29 – May 6, 2016
Ukiyo-e woodblock prints were a popular technique and genre of woodblock from the 17th to the 19th century in Japan. View a selection of The Drexel Collection’s two-hundred plus ukiyo-e woodblock prints which explore several of the common themes such as beautiful women, actors and folk tales through vivid colors and expressive line.
Frozen in Flight: Taxidermy Birds from The Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University
May 27 – August 22, 2016
The Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University is a world-renowned research institution and home to approximately 18 million scientific specimens. The collections span different research areas from botany to entomology to paleontology to ornithology. It is hard to even fathom the depths of the collections. Luckily, The Drexel Collection, on loan from the Academy, will be displaying some of the Academy's most striking bird specimens this summer in the Rincliffe Gallery.