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Two new museum exhibits are perfect for families

If you love taking the kids to museums, you’re in luck. Both The Children’s Museum of the Upstate and Upcountry History Museum have new exhibits that are ideal for inquisitive young minds.

The new “Tinkertoy: Build Your Imagination” exhibit at Children’s Museum of the Upstate is part of its four-year tour to children’s museums and science centers throughout the United States. The 1,500-square-foot exhibit is targeted to children ages 1 to 3 and was developed by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in collaboration with GE and Playskool, the infant/preschool toy division of Hasbro Inc.

Giant replicas of the classic Tinkertoy construction set provide the framework for fun, educational activities inspired by GE technologies that turn imagination into working solutions to real world challenges. For example, a walk-in-sized replica of a Tinkertoy canister is the starting point for the exhibit’s challenging scavenger hunt. The Tinker Tank contains a variety of educational materials that attest to the impact of unconventional ideas on some of the world’s greatest – and strangest – inventions. Other highlights include:

The Welcome Gallery — The Welcome Gallery celebrates the 95th anniversary of Tinkertoy through a retrospective of the toy’s history and highlights GE technologies that improve communities around the globe every day.

Invent —– Children are encouraged to think about where ideas come from and to explore the emerging field of biomimicry — nature’s influence on design. Visitors can match real inventions with their natural inspiration and create a design of their own.

Collaborate — Dual-sided panels allow visitors to work independently or with a partner to create Tinkertoy designs.

Energize — Children can explore GE’s commitment to renewable energy as they use a kid-powered fan to test their own wind-powered Tinkertoy creations.

The exhibit is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays through May 7. For more information, visit

Families who love all things Dr. Seuss will also enjoy a visit to Upcountry History Museum – Furman University’s new exhibit, “The Art of Dr. Seuss: A Retrospective and International Touring Exhibition.” This one-of-a-kind exhibit celebrates the art and life of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to his reading audience as Dr. Seuss.

Visitors will walk chronologically through Dr. Seuss’ life and see 32 didactic panels intermingled with a collection of estate authorized artworks adapted and reproduced from original paintings, drawings and sculpture. Works in the exhibition feature rare and never-before-seen images from the 1920s to 1990s and include both original materials and imagery re-created from significant public and private collections, such as the University of California San Diego archives, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and the Dr. Seuss Estate.

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Upcountry History Museum

540 Buncombe St., in Greenville.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. or call 864-467-3100.