Museum News (May 20, 2024)

By: Press Release
| Published 05/23/2024

Kirsten Wertz, Quinter, KS, stands by her favorite bird at the Hansen Museum’s Art and the Animal exhibition.

As we approach the end of May, it behooves us to remember the soldiers and sailors that have fought and died for our country so that we may live in freedom. We owe a debt that cannot be paid. We hold in high esteem the great sacrifice of these brave individuals. The Hansen Museum board and staff extend our gratitude and thank you for guarding our freedom.

The Museum will be open from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Memorial Day. It will be viewers’ last chance to see the Art and the Animal exhibition. This is a fantastic exhibit of fine art, and it is only on view in Kansas at the Hansen Museum. Please do not let the words “fine art” discourage you from coming—this exhibition is pleasing to everyone. You do not have to be an artist to enjoy or appreciate the masterful work on display. The subject of every piece is some kind of animal and what is more universally liked than animals? Adults, children…every age enjoys animals. Truly this is an exhibit you will not want to miss.

Our next exhibit, Sonic Sensation, invites viewers to explore the science of sound and hearing. In a lively, engaging manner, Sonic Sensation presents a fun and informative opportunity to explore sound in our environment. Viewers will learn about the anatomy and physics of how we hear, find out about decibels, amplitude, frequency, pitch, sound waves, and what you can do to protect your hearing. Sonic Sensation consists of

fourteen fun, interactive individual exhibits. Each exhibit is designed to spark conversation and encourage interaction among families, friends, and other museum visitors. Sonic Sensation will be on view from May 31st – July 28th. Make plans to come make some noise at Sonic Sensation!

According to Carol Channing, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but we would dare say precious metals make great companions too. Jean Newlin, May’s Artist of the Month, agrees! Jean, a trained jeweler, who hand forges lovely silver, nickel, and copper jewelry. Some pieces include stones (sorry, no diamonds), but others are simply beautiful precious metals. All of Jean’s pieces are elegant and lovely. I think any girl could make friends with a piece of jewelry from Jean’s collection.

The Museum is open Mon. through Fri. 9-12 and 1-4; Sat. 9-12 & 1-5; Sun. and holidays 1-5. We are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. We are handicapped accessible, and admission is always free thanks to the generous support of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. For more information or if you have questions, please contact us at 785-689-4846. We hope to see you at the Museum!