Make it, take it with Hands On! Regional Museum's new interactive exhibit

Jessica Fuller • May 29, 2016 at 5:26 PM

It’s just being true to its name.

Hands On! Regional Museum is taking a very hands-on approach to its feature exhibit this summer — “Make It. Take It.”

Museum Director Andy Marquart said the idea of the new exhibit is to provide families a “digital detox” by giving them a chance to work with their hands. From glue sticks to soldering tools, the exhibit brings tools and materials together to let children and their families’ imaginations go wild.

All under supervision, of course.

“Really we want the family to kind of dictate what their experience is going to be,” he said. “It can be as intense or involved as you want it to be, or as easy and light as you want it to be.”

Some projects can be guided by employees, and a wall of cardboard shelves will display works for creators to duplicate if they wish. The 3,000-square-foot do-it-yourself space is equipped to entertain everyone of all ages, from 5 years to 25.

The exhibit opened Saturday and continues until Labor Day, but Marquart said even after its run as feature exhibit, the maker space will stick around as an exhibit for families to continue to enjoy. 

“The social piece is definitely a transition that the museum is making,” he said. “A lot of times it’s the kids playing and the parents just kind of standing back, but we've introduced some new exhibits in the course of the last year-and-a-half or so that are really engaging for the whole family.”

The exhibit will be open during Hand’s On!’s regular summer hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $9 for adults and children older than 3, and free to children younger than 2.

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