How People Make Things

about the exhibit


Every object in our world has a story of how it is made. How People Make Things tells that story by bringing the manufacturing experience to life and showing you the ways in which familiar childhood objects are made. Hands-on activities in cutting, molding, deforming and assembly show you the people, ideas and technology used to transform raw materials into finished products. In this exhibit, visitors can:

  • Cut Wax using different sculpting tools and experience 3-dimensional cutting by hand.
  • Deform a wire by taking a straight wire into a spring shape by winding it around the metal shaft.
  • Mold spoons using real melted wax.
  • Assemble a trolley and test your skills on the testing track.
  • See Fred Rogers visit real manufacturing factories in vintage Picture, Picture videos from the original Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Series.
COST: $30,000, plus inbound shipping
SIZE: 1,500 - 2,000 sq. ft.
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tour schedule

Fall 2023 — Booked : ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT.
Spring 2024 — Booked : Children's Museum of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Summer 2024 — Booked : Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Fall 2024 — Booked : Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia, Beckley, WV
Spring 2025 — Booked : Sacred Heart University Discovery Science Center and Planetarium, Bridgeport, CT
Summer 2025 — Booked : Sacred Heart University Discovery Science Center and Planetarium, Bridgeport, CT
Fall 2025 — Available
Spring 2026 — Booked : Washakie Museum & Cultural Center, Worland, WY
Summer 2026 — Available
Fall 2026 — Available
Spring 2027 — Available
Summer 2027 — Available
Fall 2027 — Available

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