Our permanent exhibit galleries are located on the first and second floor of the museum. Our permanent exhibits focus on railroad history with an emphasis on the Santa Fe and railroads in Texas. We also have a changing exhibit gallery, with new exhibits every 2 to 3 months. Our temporary exhibits explore general topics in U.S. history, as well as railroad history.
January 17, 2020 – March 25, 2020
The Lure of Niagara: Highlights from the Charles Rand Penney Historical Niagara Falls Print Collection
It is believed that more prints were made of Niagara Falls before the twentieth century than of any other specific place, and The Charles Rand Penney Collection of Historical Niagara Falls Prints is the largest collection of this genre. Viewing so many images of one subject together, we can gain new insights not only about the location itself, but also about the manner in which the scene has been depicted, emerging with a deeper understanding of the history of Niagara Falls. The collection is organized into seven thematic categories— Hennepin & Derivatives, A Variety of Depictions, Niagara As a Symbol, Popular Prints, Prints for the Wealthy, Extraordinary Events, and Maps. The immense size and fragility of the complete collection precludes a presentation in its entirety. The Lure of Niagara: Highlights from the Charles Rand Penney Historical Niagara Falls Print Collection features works, representative of the larger holdings of the collection, that are symbolic, commercially popular, historically relevant, and particularly unique.
The exhibition is organized and traveled by the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University, and is curated by Michael J. Beam, Curator of Exhibitions and Special Projects at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University.
Our Next Exhibition:
Spirited: Prohibition in America
April 6, 2020 – May 25, 2020
In a tumultuous era spanning thirteen years, Americans could no longer manufacture, sell, or transport intoxicating beverages. Prohibition was now a part of the Constitution, holding the same status as freedom of speech and the abolition of slavery. Ratified in 1919, the 18th Amendment stirred up a passionate and sometimes volatile debate between the “wets” and “dry” that will forever cement Prohibition’s place in history. Spirited: Prohibition in America, a temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends, such as Al Capone and Carry Nation.
This exhibition has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is brought to you by Mid-America Arts Alliance. Spirited: Prohibition in America was organized by The National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA