Art and History in Motion Opens at the Museum of Idaho

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Updated: 1/23/2013 7:03 pm

        If you’re young at heart you’ll want to pay attention because the Museum of Idaho just rolled out with their latest exhibit. It’s called Art and History in Motion.

The Museum of Idaho is featuring part of the world’s largest collection of carousels. They even have pieces that date back to the 1860’s.

“So carousels were originally adult rides, they were thrill rides for adults and you can imagine when you’re used to plotting along behind a carriage or behind horses, you’re not going very fast. So before the advent of the automobile, this was exciting and thrilling” said curator Carrie Athay.

The exhibition gives an overview on the history of carousel styles.

You’ll even learn how to tell the difference between American carousels and European carousels. One of the big differences is that American carousels go counter-clockwise and European carousels go clockwise.

“You can always tell the difference between an American horse and a European horse because of the romance side, so the carving is more intricate on the outer side of the animal that’s showing” continued Athay.

The Art and History in Motion exhibit will be opening to the public on January 25th.

“This is exciting, you know I think for kids it’s so bright and there are so many things to look at. When I brought my boys it was hard for them to just stop and look at one thing, you know we go through exhibits a lot and so they’re used to stopping and reading labels, and they could hardly contain themselves with this exhibit, they just needed to move to the next exhibit and see everything there is to see” said Athay.

Prices for the museum are $8 for an adult, $7 for seniors, $6 for students and $25 for families, $20 for families on Monday nights from 5 – 8 p.m. The Museum of Idaho is open Monday through Saturday. It’s on 200 N. Eastern Ave. in Idaho Falls.

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