Current Exhibitions

Nature by Design

Through May 31, 2016

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As ATHM undergoes a significant transformation, this exhibit is currently open only to members, educational programs, and private groups. Become a member today.

Nature is the oldest and richest source of design inspiration. The objects in Nature by Design share a common characteristic: they are both artful and useful, functional and aesthetically pleasing. This exhibit explores the rise and decline of the great movements of art, from Classicism and Romanticism to Art Deco, and their impact on our culture, society, and economy. 

Wonder of Wool: Ancient Fiber to Modern Marvel

Through May 31, 2016

As ATHM undergoes a significant transformation, this exhibit is currently open only to members, educational programs, and private groups. Become a member today. 

Wool is one of the most commonly used fibers in the world – and easily the most misunderstood.  Wonder of Wool: Ancient Fiber to Modern Marvel takes a fascinating look at the significance of sheep and wool in our culture and our everyday lives.

Wonder of Wool explores the unique characteristics of the fabric that have made it so useful both historically and today, as well as the tools of the trade and the dramatic changes in processing wool, which allow us to accomplish in minutes what once took days. An ancient fiber and a modern marvel, wool remains an important fiber with a new emphasis on making it easier to care for and more comfortable to wear.

Ongoing Exhibitions

Textile Revolution

Textiles, Clothing and Fashion

Visit the ATHM’s core exhibition, Textile Revolution, to spin, weave, recycle, and design your way through textile history. See how textiles are changing your world, from protective clothing for firefighters and soldiers to revolutionary “shark skin” suits for our gold-medal Olympic swimmers – and so much more. You’ll never look at the fascinating world of textiles the same way again.

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