The North Wing

Discover the North Wing

The North Wing of the Museum of Arts & Sciences is one of the original wings of the Museum. The North Wing features permanent collections and exhibits such as the Kenneth Worchester Dow and Mary Mohan Dow Gallery of American Art, the Helena and William Schulte Gallery of Chinese Art,  the Helene B. Roberson Visible Storage Building, and the Anderson C. Bouchelle Study Center and Gallery for International Decorative Arts. The North Wing also contains several spaces for rotating and traveling exhibitions. 


Currently on Display

The Nature of It: Florida's Past and Present

Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery
On display through September 29, 2019

Throughout most of its history, Florida has been underwater. Portions of the Florida peninsula have been above or below sea level at least four different times. As glaciers of ice in the north expanded and melted, the Florida peninsula emerged and submerged. Florida, both under and above water has had an interesting ecological history with amazing animals, some extinct and some still alive today. The Nature of It: Florida's Past and Present showcases some of the Museum's Florida specimens alongside pieces on loan from other museums to illustrate the breadth of Florida flora and fauna past and present. 

The Museum's extraordinary collection of Florida fossils, shells, and other specimens offer a glimpse into the natural history of the state. Immerse yourself in the world of the whale, dolphin, bear, manatee, and other animals that have shaped Florida's past and continue to shape its future. A full set of giant Megalodon shark jaws on loan from the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Florida will be one of the highlights of the exhibit.

Photo Credit: Megalodon Jaw, Florida Museum of Natural History

 

Homespun: Folk Art and Americana from the Collection

Bouchelle Changing Gallery
On display through August 25, 2019

Early American folk art from the 18th century through the 19th century is a testament to the efforts of everyday Americans to decorate and embellish their environment with whatever means available to them.  Conceived through modest means and with humble materials, these works are nevertheless charming reminders of the early decades of our young country and often reveal artistic traditions brought over from the old country.  For example, folk art from rural Pennsylvania in centuries past is often referred to as “Pennsylvania Dutch” which was actually a misinterpretation of “Deutsch” (German).  Fine examples of this tradition from a recent gift will be on view as well as works of many media including paintings, furniture, textiles, and decorative arts to provide a view into the early rural and working-class life of European immigrants in America. 

Image: Pennsylvania, 18th Century, Blanket Chest (detail), Polychromed wood, Gift of Daniel W. Callahan, 2018.04.001

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