AAPI Highlight – Hinamatsuri Dolls

 This week for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’re showing off our Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Day) dolls. Every March 3rd, Japanese families with young daughters display dolls like these, which represent a Heian Period (794-1185) royal wedding. Simple sets consist of the emperor and empress dolls (like these two), but displays can become much…

AAPI Highlight – Tapa Cloth

This week for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’re highlighting this tapa cloth. Tapa cloth is made from the inside of tree bark which is beaten flat, and then painted with beautiful designs like those you see here. This example comes from Tonga (a small country near Fiji and Samoa).

AAPI Highlight – mahjong tile

This year for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month we’re going to be celebrating Asian influences in our collection. This mahjong piece is made of bone with a bamboo back held on with dovetailing. It was likely discarded or lost by Chinese miners in Virginia City around 1900, then later found and donated to…

Daylight Savings

With spring comes Daylight Savings Time (at least this year). Make sure to check your clocks before coming to the museum this morning! Our 1950s Jefferson Golden Hour Electric clock won’t tell you when we’re open (especially since it hasn’t been plugged in in years), but it sure is pretty to look at!

Dress in Blue Day

For National Dress in Blue Day, we’re featuring this beautiful formal cape from the Eileen Cooper collection. It was handmade in Paris, France in 1915 and has a velvet collar and silk lining.