Current Exhibits

Exhibit open September 19, 2017 – February 23, 2018

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We take artificial light for granted in our modern world. Our homes, offices, classrooms, and even our cell phones provide us with almost instantaneous light. But there was a time when creating safe, affordable, and easily accessible light was a dangerous and dirty business.

SPARK! The Explosive and Dirty History of Light  illuminates the 18th and 19th century experience with light and tells the story of the dirty and sometimes explosive fuels that created that light. It also explores the early electrical experiments that eventually led us to the safe and clean lighting of the 21st century.


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Whale Oil

Oil Lamps


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Electric Lightbulb