Category Archives: Past Exhibits

Spirited: Prohibition in America

A new day dawned on January 17, 1920, when the 18th Amendment to the Constitution took effect. For the next 13 years—until Prohibition was repealed in 1933—Americans could no longer manufacture, sell, or transport liquors.

Cirqzooladon: A History of the Circus

Cirqzooladon:A History of the CircusOctober 27, 2018 – June 9, 2019 Carroll Gallery “Come one, come all to the greatest show on Earth! See what’s under the big top! Lions and tigers will thrill you! Men and women on the flying trapeze will amaze you! Clowns will entertain you!” The ringmaster’s words were as captivating

CUT! Costume and the Cinema

Whether costume design, big-screen cinema, or famous film stars are fancied, The History Museum’s traveling exhibit CUT! Costume and the Cinema is a must-see. The exhibit, featuring over 40 costumes worn by stars in 25 films of the past two decades, is open through Sunday, January 6, 2019. CUT! Costume and the Cinema offers a journey through 500 years of fashion history, complete with all of its allure and artistry.

Tiffany: Luminous Masterworks

Over 50 objects are showcased in Tiffany: Luminous Masterworks. The centerpiece of the exhibit features 25 exquisite works by glass artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, including stained glass windows, lamps, vases, and pottery—all from the Wester Collection.

Voyageurs: French Exploration of the New World

It often took two months for the seafaring journeys that brought European explorers to what is now North America. But following the 1492 voyage of Christopher Columbus, they came—they rushed—to claim land for their countries. French voyageurs worked for fur companies to transport goods to and from the New World’s trading posts.

150 Ways To Love Your History

Through an exciting array of exhibits, programs, projects, and initiatives, The History Museum is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2017. In 1867, two years after America’s Civil War ended, 33 residents of St. Joseph County resolved to formally preserve local history.

Our Amazing Cabinet of Curiosities: Keepers of History for 150 Years

Step right up and see unique, one-of-a-kind objects. Take a gander at unusual items, some of which have not been seen in over 50 years. Find offbeat and unconventional artifacts, all telling remarkable stories of the past. They’re featured in the new exhibit, Our Amazing Cabinet of Curiosities: Keepers of History for 150 Years, on view now through January 7, 2018, at The History Museum.

Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times

All the excitement of the BBC/Masterpiece Theater hit Downton Abbey can be experienced in this national touring exhibit that showcases 36 costumes and accessories worn during the first four seasons of Downton Abbey.

At Home: A Short History of Private Life

Take a journey to the place we call home in this exhibit that showcases the necessity, ingenuity, invention, lifestyles, and evolution of private life and houses.

Fantastic Facial Hair

Beards, mustaches, and other forms of facial hair vary widely, depending on cultures and time periods in history.