#1 Life and Death at Fort Howard
This immersive experience leads visitors through tales of murder, lost love, and even whiskey smuggling. You’re transported back 200 years when Green Bay was home to a booming fur trade. In 1816, the U.S. Army threw themselves into the mix. What happens when soldiers from the east coast are forced into a community of French, Métis, and Native peoples? You’ll have to see the exhibit to find out.
Fort Howard went beyond the exhibit floor- it was the subject of several interesting programs including public archaeology of the site and a lively performance of the fort’s biggest foe, Ebenezer Childs by Let Me Be Frank Productions.
The exhibition opened in April 2016 and doesn’t close until April 2017. This means you still have time to check it out!
#2 Morbid Curiosities
When we started planning to pull out some of our morbid artifacts for a special Halloween event, we weren’t certain what the response would be. We sure were surprised when the event for only 25 people quickly sold out. The team ended up accommodating more than 150 people that evening. Visitors shared their haunted experiences and were able to explore morbid artifacts and their stories not usually on display.
If you missed it this year make sure to get tickets early for next year’s Halloween- themed event!
#3 #NevilleCats and Feline Fine
We were overwhelmed by the response to our Instagram contest #NevilleCats. Cat lovers were able to submit photos of their feline friends and winners were chosen for display in the museum. In the end we had over 1,000 photos submitted! All of this accompanied the traveling exhibition Feline Fine. Feline Fine featured art in all different mediums from artists all over the country. The works for art depicted all different kinds of cats, from our favorite household pets to African Lions.
#4 Nebula Jars and Explorer WednesdayTo accompany our astronomy exhibit, Eyes on the Sky, our educator thought it would be fun to create nebula jars on Explorer Wednesday in August. This also had an overwhelming response and we’re grateful to have been able to share this experience with over 100 families.
Explorer Wednesday is every first Wednesday of the month during our free night for Brown County residents.
#5 Ice Age Imperials
This traveling exhibition not only transported visitors back in time but also allowed them to touch fossils! It’s not every day you get to touch a dire wolf tooth or giant sloth claw. The arrival of this exhibit was a great chance for us to pull out some fossils from our collection, including our mammoth tusk from Alaska!
There were so many more events and exhibits that helped make 2016 a great year for the Neville. Did we miss your favorite? Comment and let us know what your favorite exhibit/event/program was this past year!