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Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” Finishing Touches will go beyond clothing and explore the accessories that completed a look during the 1800s and early 1900s.
A woman or gentleman of status was not ready to be seen in public until hats, gloves, rings, fans, etc. were added. Not only were accessories expected to be in place to complete an outfit, but could also be used as tools for communication. Discover the history of fashion accessories and St. Louis fashion within the Garment District when you tour this upcoming exhibit.
Lose yourself in a microscopic world in the Field House Museum’s exhibit Life in Miniature. Featured on the third floor of the historic house, this exhibit shares the big story of all things tiny. Dollhouse enthusiasts can spend time examining the contents of a number of historic dollhouses while miniature lovers expand their knowledge on the place of these diminutive objects throughout history. With roots dating all the way back to ancient Egypt, and a variety of uses including education and city planning, the impact of miniatures is anything but small!
Created in partnership with the Humane Society of Missouri to celebrate their 150th anniversary, Tails of Friendship is a must-see for animal lovers and history buffs alike! On display in the museum’s entry, this exhibit features the remarkable story of pet ownership since the ancient era and also highlights the invaluable work of the Humane Society in protecting countless animals since 1870. Accented with pet-themed toys from the Field House Collection and the collar of the family’s beloved fox-terrier, Jessie, visitors will leave with a new understanding of their four-legged friends and their place in history.
Did you know that the Eugene Field Library has exhibits too?
Upcoming Museum Exhibits
Learn all about the Steiff company and their luxurious collectables in Steiff Everlasting. As the one of the first inventors of the teddy bear, it’s no surprise that Steiff has maintained their status as the world’s premier toy manufacturer since 1880, inspiring admirers like Don and Shirley Zork to curate their own cuddly collection. Featuring a selection of the Zork’s private collection, this exhibit will include favorite sets like Downtown Abbey and Mickey Mouse, as well as several limited editions with their signature white tags.
Representation is an integral building block of community strength and equity. In partnership with St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature, The Power of Words: The Ongoing Tale of Black Children’s Literature will share the ongoing effort toward black representation in children’s literature. From the trail blazers of the black literacy movement to the impressive work of modern African American authors, our main gallery will feature works that promote connections between stories and their young readers, foster a love of reading, and celebrate strength in diversity.
Lovers of architecture and neighborhood history can’t miss Blueprints, an exhibit brought to you by the Field House Museum that will follow the architectural history of St. Louis from the bricks that built it to the communities it has housed. The historic buildings and neighborhoods of St. Louis make the city what it is, and each has a rich and robust history worth hearing.
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 in the Museum’s entry, 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!
Note: This exhibit is on the third floor of the historic house, which is not handicap accessible.
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 the jackets of troops traveling the rough terrain of war. 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.