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    Discover Steampunk: A Fantastical Hands-On Adventure

    Discover Steampunk: A Fantastical Hands-On Adventure is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) exhibition with a focus on creative problem solving by using functional art sculptures modeled after the work of famous historical figures.


Discover Steampunk: A Fantastical Hands-On Adventure is a creation of Imagine Exhibitions, Inc., utilizing Bruce Rosenbaum’s sculptures in educational partnership with The Franklin Institute.

Steampunk is a movement and an aesthetic inspired by the Victorian ideals of industry and steam power. Often featuring retro-futuristic inventions, it has become a form of artistic expression and an educational tool that teaches ingenuity, collaboration, and self-reliance. Discover Steampunk: A Fantastical Hands-On Adventure comes directly out of this movement to bring STEAM education to museums and science centers around the world.

Steampunk is explored and explained through the central sculptures of artist Bruce Rosenbaum and other works of art and Steampunk-inspired exhibitry. The exhibition takes visitors on a re-imagined journey, where they can learn about the convergence of Science, Art, Technology, and History.

Each gallery features interactive areas with learning opportunities related to each featured visionary. These interactives work both for groups and individuals, and feature high levels of STEAM content, interactivity, and historic artifacts on loan from The Franklin Institute.

In addition, the exhibition excites visitors to pursue their passions and work together to create a better future for all of us.


  • Introductory Gallery
  • H.G. Wells: The Power of the Imagination In Science
  • Mary Shelley: Ethics and Electricity
  • Thomas Blanchard: Steam Automation and Leisure
  • Jules Verne: The Power of the Mind
  • Jan Matzeliger: The Value of Ideas
  • Isaac Singer: Parts of a Whole
  • George Eastman: Envisioning the Future
  • Meet the Artist (Optional)


5,000–10,000 sq ft

450–925 sq m

Educational Materials

We provide instructors with essential questions to ask students at each area and a lesson that explores and expands on the ideas presented.

Our research and interpretive text is also the basis for our Educator Guides. Developed during the second half of our 360° process, these guides contain classroom modules for students to use before arrival and after their experience, with accompanying activities for the exhibition visit itself.

To receive a copy of the Educator Guide, please contact info@imagineexhibitions.com.


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To book this exhibition, please contact Debbie Donohue!

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