The Thinkery has opened up a new exhibit in their west gallery, and we’re big fans of this upcycled art experience. JUNK is a whimsical exploration of waste and recycling created by guest artist Zach Dorn.

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Families are invited to explore Junk City, a miniature metropolis created from discarded medicine cabinets, desk lamps, computer parts, Victorian dollhouses, and other re-purposed junk and found objects. But don’t just assume that the city looks “junky” — it’s really quite beautiful!

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Besides looking around at the fascinating details of this exhibit, the fun for kids comes when they can actually add to the city with their own creations! Within the exhibit room, you’ll find two worktables with tons of materials for kids to create their own buildings, cars, or anything they wish to add to the city. Kids can also create shadow puppets to play with at Junk City’s drive-in theater.

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Don’t miss the scavenger hunt cards available for kids to use for playing an “I Spy” type of game as they hunt for objects within Junk City.

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— Dates & Hours: JUNK will be open through Jan. 25, 2015.

  • Monday: Closed except for Baby Bloomers & Special Programs.
  • Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

— Admission:

  • Visitors: $9
  • Children 0-23 months: FREE
  • Seniors: $1 off
  • Military: $2 off per family member (up to 5 family members) (note: discount is not available online and must be purchased at Admissions)
  • Community Nights by donation: Every Wednesday, 5-8 pm and Sunday, 5-6 pm.

Enjoy!