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MUSEUM EXHIBITS

CURRENTLY ON VIEW

Todd Gieg’s Narrow Gauge Diorama

 

Featured in The Boston Globe and Chronicle, view a 19th century diorama of the Lynn, Boston, and Revere Railroad constructed by Lynn-based artist Todd Gieg. The Narrow Gauge ceased operation in 1940 but was instrumental in the development of the North Shore, with many of the railroad stations still being used by the MBTA’s Blue Line.

 

Currently made up of three, 4” x 4” sections, the diorama took Gieg twelve years to create, and he hopes to complete the rest of the railroad diorama within the next 8 years.

 

This display is a temporary deposit, located in our second floor galleries.

To see more of Todd’s process and learn the history behind the Diorama, check out his additional videos here.

Industry & Craft: People At Work In Lynn

 

“Industry & Craft: People At Work In Lynn” explores the different industries of Lynn Massachusetts, and shows that the Shoe City was the origin of many inventions that revolutionized the economy. Starting with early industries making flax for clothing and ice for refrigeration to modern day industry like the General Electric Company, this exhibit displays the artifacts of the Lynn Museum & Historical Society and shares the stories of real people at work in Lynn.

 

This exhibit is permanent, located in our second floor galleries.

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Collecting For: The Artifacts of Lynn

 

What is a museum? Why do museums collect? “Collecting For: The Artifacts of Lynn” features highlights from the collection of the Lynn Museum & Historical Society, and information on the history and evolution of this institution. Explore concepts of museum collecting from the earliest “cabinets of curiosities” to modern day museums. Spotlights include our Victorian furniture and decorative arts collection, Abolitionism and collecting to preserve the history of social movements, and historic preservation.

 

This exhibit is temporary, located in our second floor galleries.

LYDIA N. BREED: ART OF A COMMUNITY LEGACY

 

April 9 – September 16, 2022

 

Lydia Newhall Breed was born on September 10, 1925, in Lynn, Massachusetts. While she spent most of her years in Swampscott, Breed valued her family’s historical past as prominent Lynn citizens. She and her mother, Aborn, were active and longtime members of the Lynn Historical Society. In addition, Breed counted herself as a fifth-generation member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn. She made outstanding contributions to the church as both an educator and an artist, and her work wood sculptures and prints remain prominent in the church building.

 

Breed was a founding member of The Boston Printmakers in 1947 and exhibited with them until 1965. In addition to her body of work in the Lynn Museum/LynnArts’ collection, Breed’s work is part of the permanent print collection of the Boston Public Library. Her woodcuts were widely collected, and she was also active in the Marblehead Arts Association.

 

Despite her extensive work in printmaking and illustration, Breed identified herself as a sculptor. Her community, faith, and love of literature play significant roles in her work. This exhibition is the entire archive of Breed’s prints recently acquired by Lynn Museum/LynnArts and includes testimonials from congregation members and commentary from current students at North Shore Community College. Breed’s prints present the democratic views and values she held, chronicling her focus on humanity. We invite you to connect with and explore the life’s work of this local, groundbreaking artist.

 

This exhibition is generously supported in part by

Jan Breed

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KHMER IDENTITY: Shadows

 

April 16 – September 16, 2022

 

Identity is the defining characteristic and quality of a person or thing. Within a collective of people, identity is rooted in the sense of belonging. After Cambodia’s 1970 U.S. carpet bombing, codenamed “Operation Menu,” Cambodia and its people suffered a deadly and traumatic social and cultural revolution. The Khmer Rouge regime consequently led to the most significant displacement of the Khmer people. Seeking refuge in a foreign land, assimilation, and preservation of the homeland’s cultural identity has led to a third cultural identity that is not the homeland’s nor the new country.

 

“We are Khmer-Americans and a Khmer immigrant. Our parents and families were Khmer people who survived the Pol Pot genocide and the subsequent refugee camps/mass diasporic movement.

 

We are part of the Khmer artist and storytelling community, the protectors of Khmer culture and identity. We aim to educate ourselves and others about Khmer history to be well informed as we explore and shape our contemporary Khmer identity.”

 

Daveth Cheth: Founder, Visionary, Writer
Cindy Sous: Designer, Illustrator
Davey Chhoeun: Fashion Designer, Stylist

 

This exhibition is generously supported in part by

Historic New England and the Herbert and Louise Whitney Fund Community Preservation Grants Program.

 

Lynn Cultural Council is a local agency supported by
the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Lynn pride

 

On view through August 2022

 

In celebration of Pride and Lynn’s LGBTQIA+ community, Lynn Museum/LynnArts is pleased to organize a second annual art show featuring 25 visual and written works by local, national, and international artists.

 

The exhibition is in the second-floor gallery space in the Lynn Museum building from June through August 2022.

 

Many thanks to United Lynn Pride and Queer Lynn Scene for their support.

 

Photo credit: Isaac Davila Photography featuring Yomo Perez.

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UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

CELEBRATING 125 YEARS

 

Opening August 2022

 

On April 27, 2022, the Lynn Museum & Historical Society, better known as Lynn Museum/LynnArts, will celebrate its 125th anniversary. While things may look a bit different than our early years, our mission remains the same: preserve, interpret and promote the diverse cultural heritage of Lynn.

 

Over the past 125 years, we have grown and maintained a collection of over 10,000 objects chronicling Lynn’s rise from early American settlement to an industrial powerhouse. This rotating exhibition will highlight some newer artifacts to our collection and some fan favorites, as well as never-before-seen artifacts.

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PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS

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Untold Stories: A History of Black People in Lynn

 

Untold Stories: A History of Black People in Lynn was a collaborative exhibition between the Lynn Museum and members of Lynn’s Black community. This exhibit explores the history of Black people in Lynn from the colonial period to the present day. The exhibition covered various topics, including culture and identity, the lives of free and enslaved people, and the significant leadership roles Black Lynners have played in the community.

 

To tell this nuanced story of Black life in Lynn, the joint exhibition committee chose objects and photographs from the Lynn Museum’s collection. In addition, the committee looked to the Lynn community to share their objects, photos, and stories. The exhibition team also used collected oral histories of Black Lynn residents conducted by North Shore Community College students as part of their service-learning at the Lynn Museum.

 

While this exhibition has closed, we plan to continue sharing stories of Lynn’s Black history through a rotating display opening in September 2022. For more information, contact director@lynnmuseum.org.

PICTURING WOMEN INVENTORS

 

When we think of inventors, most think of Thomas Edison or Alexander Graham Bell. What about women inventors? Although they may not be as well known, women have always solved problems by inventing. In celebration of Women’s History Month, the stories on these posters illustrate that the creativity of women inventors ranges across diverse backgrounds and interests throughout American history.

 

Picturing Women Inventors is a series of eight posters that explores the inventions of 19 highly accomplished American women. Astronauts, computer pioneers, and businesswomen join athletes, engineers, and even teenagers in this remarkable group of inventors.

 

Women included in the Picturing Women Inventors poster exhibition: Tara Astigarraga; Patricia Bath; Ayah Bdeir; Cynthia Breazeal; Theresa Dankovich; Marilyn Hamilton; Grace Hopper; Marjorie Stewart Joyner; Michelle Khine; Stephanie Kwolek; Alexis Lewis; Lisa Lindahl, Hinda Miller, and Polly Palmer Smith; Madison Maxey; Ellen Ochoa; Amy Prieto; Sharon Rogone; Kavita Shukla; Mária Telkes​

 

The Picturing Women Inventors poster exhibition is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, and was developed in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and made possible with the support of Lyda Hill Philanthropies IF/THEN Initiative and Ericsson.

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