Before the ring of pinball machines echoed through arcades, Bagatelle was filling parlors and pockets across the world. Drawing from the private collection of Mr. Ed Nickels, Bagatelle will follow the journey of pinball’s predecessor from the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette to game rooms across the country. Featuring intricately decorated and brightly colored bagatelles from the 19th and early 20th centuries, this exhibit will surely catch your eye and get you yearning for a game night.
The Field House Museum cordially invites you to join us for Bon Appétit. By the late 1800s, the dining room was a common feature in many homes, leading to a rise in dinner parties. From the very first step of sending out invitations, a Victorian dinner party was a carefully orchestrated performance. Hosts and attendees were expected to follow specific rules of etiquette, and if not done properly, one was at risk for social ruin. Learn all about the etiquette of a bygone era when you could thank your host for the pleasant evening but not the meal itself while admiring dishes and tableware from the Museum’s collection.
Before digital and film cameras, the only way to record someone’s appearance was through portraits. Portraiture is a long-established art form dating back to ancient Egypt and before. In fact, portrait murals from Pompeii have been preserved for almost 2000 years! Discover a brief history of portraiture from its origins to the selfie alongside famous examples and displays from the Museum’s collection. Then take your own portrait in the exhibit to share with family and friends!
As the Field House Museum celebrates the 175th anniversary of the construction of the historic Field family home, we will be looking back at how we have changed since 1845. Featured on the Museum’s third floor, Momentous Milestones will highlight everything from the penny drive that saved the house in 1934 to the interior and exterior restorations that helped to earn us our National Landmark Status. Stop by the oldest privately-owned residential home in St. Louis, and we’ll share our secret to aging. It’s not every day you turn 175!
Momentous Milestones is sponsored by the following:
The Daniel and Henry Co.
Landmarks Association of St Louis, Inc.
Note: This exhibit is on the third floor of the historic house, which is not handicap accessible.