Curious Collections: Oddities of the Museum Center

Curious Collections: Oddities of the Museum Center offers visitors a look at unknown pieces of Cleveland’s material heritage.

Temporary exhibit open July 17 - November 7, 2015

Cleveland, Tenn. (June 25, 2015)—In the eye of the general public, museums are usually perceived as guardians of objects from the past; public servants entrusted with shepherding valuable artifacts, once common but now festooned with the cobwebs of time. In order to preserve historic objects, most museums are only able to exhibit a small portion of these relics at any one time. The Museum Center at 5ive Points is no exception. Many objects appear strange and unknown – pieces that are odd, obscure, and make you say, “Huh?!” From railroader jacks to torsion balances to carbide mining lamps, the Museum has a large collection of items which have fallen out of common use, often being replaced by smaller and more accurate digital and electronic counterparts. As a result, many of these objects have been forgotten over the years. On Thursday, July 16, at 6 PM, at a special members-only opening reception, the Museum will bring to light these treasures of the past and put them on display for the community to see. The exhibit will open to the general public on July 17.

This is sure to be an exhibit that appeals to local Clevelanders and area history buffs alike. For some of these objects, it will be the first time since the opening of the Museum that they will be on public view. After the close of the exhibit, these unique artifacts will be returned to storage, so visitors won’t want to miss the chance to see them during this limited run.

            The family-friendly exhibit will have an educational focus. Many of the objects will feature accompanying clues, giving visitors hints about the object’s use and history, and inviting them to guess what it is. Fun for children and adults alike, this exhibit will invite learning through observation. “We hope visitors will leave the exhibit with a fuller appreciation for the complexities and richness of our material heritage,” says Curator of Collections, Sam Rumschlag. The exhibit will close on November 7.