The highlight of this installment of the museum’s annual Family Day Series will be making Dad feel like a kid again. Activities will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will include playing with 19th century style toys and games. Find out who the best hopper in the family is with a sack race or try your hand at cup and ball or Graces!
Visitors will also have the opportunity to make a 19th century style thaumatrope to take home. Thaumatropes, also called Wonder Turners, are toys made of paper and string that create an optical illusion when set in motion. A popular 19th century thaumatrope contained an image of an empty birdcage on one side of the toy and a bird on the opposite side. When spun, this thaumatrope gave the illusion that the bird was in the cage.
Located off Route 8 south of Titusville, Drake Well Museum is open year round. Spring and summer hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m.
Drake Well Museum and Park is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in partnership with Friends of Drake Well, Inc. and is part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History® (www.PATrailsofHistory.com).
Additional information about museum programs and special events is available at http://www.drakewell.org calling (814) 827-2797, or find us on Facebook at Drake Well Museum.
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