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.
- Introduction to Steampunk
- Past Meets Future
- The Power of the Imagination in Science: H.G. Wells
- Ethics and Electricity: Mary Shelley
- Steam Automation and Leisure: Thomas Blanchard
- The Power of the Mind: Jules Verne
- Parts of a Whole: Isaac Singer
- Envisioning the Future: George Eastman
- Maker's Spaces (Optional)
4,000–7,000 sq ft
375–650 sq m