Open for Business Office Success Before Computers
(March 24 - August 20 2017) This new exhibition will take you back to the workdays without computers. Experience the nostalgia of the office during the early to mid 1900s with an emphasis on business and mathematical machines that revolutionized the workplaces across America.
Notable artifacts include an IBM timekeeping machine that clocked in up to 150 employees, circa 1950s, a 1892 Williams Manufacturing Co. ?The Empire? typewriter, Western Union Telegraph Desk Fax, the first prototype for fax machines, and a Burroughs adding machine from 1925 that has a transparent panel to feature the sophisticated mechanisms for its time.
The Evolution of Film (September 2016 - February 2017) Step into time by viewing The Evolution of Film a unique reverse chronological presentation of artifacts. This exhibit features a wide variety of motion picture artifacts dating from the late 1800s to 1980s. Film newsreels and movie reels can be played in the gallery. These clips show the ever-changing landscape of film. Toy models will be available to be played with including the zoopraxiscope zoetrope and praxinoscope. Notable inventions such as the rare Visionola a Kerosene movie projector and a Scopitone will be on display. With its storied history film has been iconic to documenting American life.
25 Years at the Museum of American Heritage:
A Retrospective (APRIL 2015 - JANUARY 2016) Join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Museum of American Heritage (MOAH). From opening our doors at the original Alma Street location to our current home at the Williams Property, 25 Years at the Museum of American Heritage: A Retrospective highlights memorable exhibits from the past 25 years. The exhibit offers visitors a glimpse of a variety of artifacts while also following the history and evolution of MOAH itself. We hope you will have the opportunity to join us on this journey as we celebrate each year of MOAH's impressive past.
Museum of American Heritage A to Z (October-March 2015) The Museum of American Heritage (MOAH) boasts a collection of roughly 5,000 historic electrical and mechanical inventions, yet some artifacts are rarely exhibited. Museum of American Heritage A to Z, introduced visitors to the breadth and depth of the MOAH collection with a variety of unrelated artifacts. This exhibit featured artifacts beginning with the letter A (abacus) and continued all the way through the alphabet to items beginning with the letter Z (zapper). Among the unique artifacts in this display are antique medical devices, including an embalming pump, a collection of typewriters, extraordinary culinary devices and much more. Visitors were welcomed to identify each letter of the alphabet as they tour this fascinating display of unusual historic inventions.
TIME MACHINES:CLOCKS&TIMEKEEPING (APRIL-SEPTEMBER 2014) Timekeeping devices have been used for at least 5, 000 years and today are essential for the planning and timing of our everyday lives. The Museum of American Heritage (MOAH) presents Time Machines: Clocks & Timekeeping an exhibition exploring timekeeping and timekeeping devices from the introduction of the sundial by the Egyptians circa 3500 BC to the precise atomic clock of the 1940s. In addition to explanations of clock mechanisms the exhibit examines the role of timekeeping in early navigation and in the industrial revolution when workers moved from the home to the factory and trains had to run on time. This exhibition also includes a wide variety of clocks from the MOAH collection and local collectors.
TELEVISION: A HISTORY (SEPTEMBER 2013 - MARCH 2014) MOAH showcased television in its early years when it became a prime source of entertainment and an important source of local and national news. Many 1940s and 1950s television sets from the Museum's collection were on display. The story of early television was told, from the TV studio, with its camera and green make-up for the actors, through TV transmission to a rooftop antenna and on into the home. A re-creation of a family room with its TV set, TV trays and dinner, and a TV lamp, set the scene to illustrate the major impact of television on family life. 1950s and 1960s programs and commercials were featured together with some favorite children's shows. The nostalgia trip is carried through into a display of lunch boxes, all with TV inspired decorations.
Inventing the 20th Century (June 2012)
MOAH continued its exploration of American innovation with Inventing the 20th Century, 1901 - 1941. Following in the footsteps of the highly successful exhibit, Victorian America: Invention and Technology, our next exhibit continued to examine America's role in the process of technological innovation from the turn of the century to the beginning of the Second World War. Many of the concepts and ideas from the technologies of the Victorian Era were further developed to create the essential inventions of the early 20th century; many remain in use today.
Antique Toys, 1870-1930 (December 2011-April 2012) Antique Toys, 1870-1930 showcased exquisite and rare toys from a local collector. In addition to early American toys, the exhibit featured turn-of-the-century toy trains and their accessories from fine European toy makers such as Marklin and Bing. Visitors young and old enjoyed discovering playthings from an earlier age.Victorian America: Invention & Technology (June 2011)
Victorian America: Invention and Technology provided an unusual opportunity to look back at one aspect of our American Heritage with its exploration of 19th century domestic and industrial inventions. From telephones to typewriters, elevators to egg beaters, the exhibit showcased the great age of American innovation.Picture This! A History of Photography (April 2010)
California Living the Sunset Way (April 2009)
While Sunset Magazine has existed since the late 19th century, its purchase and redesign by the Lane family in 1929 shifted its focus to a magazine of "home-life and family interests." Over the next thirty years it would become synonymous with the creation of the uniquely western lifestyle. For the thousands of newcomers settling in the emerging California suburbs, Sunset offered practical advice on topics such as gardening, architecture and building, home economics, traveling, and doing-it-yourself. MOAH visitors enjoyed glimpses into Sunset?s vision and definition of our uniquely Californian lifestyle.