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Wright Museum Buy a Brick Program is Back
One of the unique features at the Wright Museum is the entrance courtyard where hundreds of memorial bricks adorn the walls up to a height of eight feet. The program was suspended temporarily as the courtyard was literally filled to a height where additional bricks would not be easily read.
We are delighted to say that we are once again taking orders for memorial bricks, and that the bricks will be displayed in a new place of honor on the Museum wall facing Center Street. The area around the bricks will become a Remembrance Garden where visitors can view the memorial bricks in restful landscaped surroundings with granite benches and flags. For more information please click on the picture to the right.
Featured Interactive Exhibits
While visiting the museum, don't forget to check out our hands-on interactive exhibits!
In the Home Front Gallery, visit our kitchen and living room displays, and experience radio sounds of the 1940s, including a speech by FDR, a 1943 World Series broadcast and the Betty Crocker radio cooking show! You'll find these clips and more on our special SoundStik devices.
In the Military Gallery, you'll find our 49” Ideum touchscreen. Currently, the screen hosts two unique virtual exhibits. You can scroll through the museum's entire vehicle collection, digitized. Although there can only be a handful of vehicles in the gallery at any given time, use the touchscreen to view the entire collection and learn more about the vehicles that are not on display. The other exhibit, A Wartime Log: The Prisoner of War Journal of S/Sgt. Walter E. Bursiel, gives you the opportunity to flip through the digitized pages of a POW journal from the museum collection. The exhibit details the entire story of S/Sgt. Bursiel’s service as a B-17 ball turret gunner and the aftermath of his plane’s crash landing in the Netherlands. This exhibit offers an important lesson of World War II history for all museum visitors.
New virtual exhibits to be added during our 2018 season - check in soon to learn more!
SoundStiks were made possible with the support of John and Cindy Cafasso. Ideum Touchscreen made possible with support from the Ballentine Family Foundation and Andrew and Nancy Mako.
We hope that you enjoyed The Wright Museum’s 2017 season. As you might guess, by the time we opened in May, we were already planning for 2018.
Our featured exhibition for 2018, Manufacturing Victory; The Arsenal of Democracy was created by the National WWII Museum.
Founder David Wright once considered “the Museum of American Enterprise” for the Museum’s name, making this exhibition a return to our roots.
We are also well into planning our popular Tuesday evening Educational Program series. In 2017, we featured several national best-selling authors including Alex Kershaw, Patrick O’Donnell , Barbara Gregorich , and Leigh Montville. You can bet that 2018 will be just as exciting. Members and donors get the schedule before the public – a thank you for your support.
We want to make sure that you are aware of our Director’s Tours. For donors at $250 and above these are small, intimate tours with me that give you a rare up-close and behind-the-scenes look at the Museum.
Become a $250+ donor and reserve your spot for my 2018 tours! I look forward to seeing you there.
Take a virtual tour of the Wright Museum and see whats inside