If you are thinking that there isn’t enough to-do in Little Rock for a weekend getaway…think again! Here are just a few of the exhibits that will be in town this month:
1) “How People Make Things” at the Museum of Discovery”-this exhibit was inspired by the factory tour segments from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and offers hands on activities using real factory tools and machines to create objects with four manufacturing processes: molding, cutting, deforming and assembly. Dress up in coveralls, lab coats, aprons, safety glasses, boots and hardhats to become a factory technician, worker or supervisor. You can also use a die cutter, operate a mill to carve a block of wax, assemble golf cart parts, mold pourable wax or play a matching came where audio clues and stories help you match a person to the object they make. This exhibit runs through September 22.
2) “Oscar de la Renta: American Icon”- This is an original exhibit curated especially for the Clinton Center. Trace the fashion evolution and inspiration of Oscar de la Renta from the Dominican Republic, Spain, France and the United States. The exhibit will feature more than 30 of de la Renta’s iconic creations worn by style leader ranging from First Ladies to Hollywood stars. Runs through December 1.
3)”Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London”- this special exhibition showcases 48 masterpieces from the collection known as the Iveagh Bequest. These paintings reside at Kenwood House, a neoclassical villa in London. This exhibit is a unique opportunity to view these paintings, many of which have never before traveled to the United States and are rarely seen outside of Kenwood House. Can be seen at The Arkansas Arts Center through September 8.
4) “Lights! Camera! Arkansas!”- an exhibit featuring the state’s ties to Hollywood, through both movies and television. There are artifacts related to films shot on location in the state, actors born in Arkansas and literary figures whose works were the basis for films shot in Arkansas. Five galleries exhibit costumes, scripts, film footage, awards, photographs, theatre posters and props. The cast of the exhibition includes Mary Steenburgen, Harry Thomason, Julie Adams, Lisa Blount, Johnny Cash, Gail Davis, Levon Helm, James Bridges, Jeff Nichols and Joey Lauren Adams among others. Runs through March of 2015 at the Old State House Museum.
And don’t forget the Empress, an exhibit of Victorian living at its finest! There are daily tours at 11:30 and 3:30, high teas and of course: overnight stays in all of our luxurious bed and breakfast rooms!