Way Back Wednesdays

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1972, Opening of the Gibbs Gallery

This shows the opening of the Gibbs Gallery in 1972.  The celebration is being held in the Great Hall and at the opposite end of the room was where the front of the exhibition was.  What’s great is that a lot of the pieces you see in the Great Hall are still on display in various places of the museum today.  The eagle, the figurehead on the wall and the lighthouse lens way in the back.  I believe the figurehead is in almost the exact same spot now as she was then.

This photographs show two guys putting together and exhibition featuring our model ships.  I think the map on the wall is great because you can see where the each ship type would have come from.  It reminds me of our International Small Craft Center and how we have flags hanging from the ceiling of the countries where we have boats from.   Read more

Exploring the "Age of Exploration"

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Entrance to the Age of Exploration
Entrance to the Age of Exploration

As my time here at the Mariners’ Museum comes to a close, I’ve realized that I know our collection very well, but I only know a little about our exhibitions.  I want to use my last couple of weeks here to discuss some of our exhibitions and explore them for myself! For my first one I looked at the Age of Exploration.

We all learn about the explorers who sailed the Atlantic in the 15th-17th centuries at a young age.  Here at the Mariners’ Museum, we have a great collection of exploration artifacts and a VERY thorough explanation of this era in history.  While the amount of stuff in the gallery may be a little overwhelming, there is a wealth of information to go with it.   Read more