Browse Exhibits (28 total)

Artifacts from Classical Horror

A collection of the scary, the creepy, and the downright strange. This exhibit seeks to collect and display artifacts from those fictional stories that have always kept you awake at night.

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Romance artifacts

This is a collection of items that derive from romance novels.

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Greek Mythology Collection

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This collection contains items from the influential Greek myths of old. These items have been utilized and gazed upon by gods, goddesses, monsters, and heroes alike. Inspired by the muses and preserved by the gods, this exhibit brings ancient Greece back to life with the almighty force of Zeus himself.

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MaddAddam Archive

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A collection of protective clothing, weapons, modified foods, and modified animals found in the MaddAddam book series written by Margaret Atwood. These books are works of "speculative fiction", which is Atwood's way of saying that these books are how she speculates the world may turn out in the (near or distant) future. 

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The Hunger Games

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Books and movies are a big part of most people’s lives. The Hunger Games has taken off in the past few years as a popular fictional story about a society forced into 13 districts by the Capitol. As a reminder of the failed rebellion, every year, one girl and one boy from every district are involuntarily placed into an area where they fight until one is left alive. This event is called the Hunger Games.

16 year old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. If she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

This is an exhibit including memorable and significant Hunger Games items.

From apparel and utensils to vehiciles and plants, this exhibit has got it all.

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World Mythologies

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An exhibit containing items significant to various gods, goddesses, heroes, myths, folklores, and legends.

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Villainous Symbols

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This exhibit contains items which say something beyond their physical form. They say something about the person who uses them, wears them, or is in possession of a particular item. The aim of this exhibit is to look beyond and understand what the item says about the person, specifically villains, and understand what more an item may be saying other than its utilitarian use.

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Animals of Panem

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We can use ecocriticism to understand the Hunger Games Series better. Each of these animals have something to say about the story. Some were meant to represent the Capital of Panem, and others represent the rebels. I think these animals can even have something to say about the classes that Katniss and her family lived in, and perhaps they can also say something about the psychological states that the characters were dealing with.

Katniss's ability to hunt and their goat's milk are important parts of the Everdeen family's usual income. This shows that Katniss’s family is quite poor because they prefer to have pets that have an alternative use and they can’t afford to buy meat. The fact that Prim’s cat, Buttercup, is also really scrawny and beat up, suggests that the family doesn’t have much to go around.

The mutts are good examples of the power, manipulation and wickedness of the Capital. The mutts show to have an effect on the tributes while in the hunger game arenas. The monkey, wolf, and lizard mutts were made to kill the tributes while reminding them of other things. Specifically, the wolves were meant to remind the tributes of their fellow, but fallen tributes and the lizards were meant to scare Katniss by hissing her name and smelling like President Snow’s roses. The jabberjays that were used in the arena were also used to torture the tributes to make them think their loved ones had been hurt. We can look at these things and see how the animals play into the psychoanalysis of the books.

Both mockingjays and their forefathers, the jabberjays, can be examples of the rebels. Specifically, the jabberjays represent District 13 because in the same way that the Capital sent the jabberjays into the wild to die off, they had bombed District 13 hoping they would disappear. In both plans, the Capital did not expect any sort of survival, but were surprised to find that jabberjays survived by mating with mockingbirds and District 13 survived by living underground. Mockingjays represent Katniss because they, and she, are leaders in rebellion. The bird is a sign of hope for the people in the districts, just as Katniss becomes a sign of hope. We can also see the mockingjay come out when she defies President Coin at the end of the trilogy. While President Coin and the other rebels helped lead Katniss’s way, the same way jabberjays created the mockingjays, Katniss defies following their plans because she does not want to see President Coin simply take over for President Snow.

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Items of Chaos

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These items of chaos may also be considered items of impact. These items have received this title because of the significant impact they have on the overall bearing of the piece of literature from which they come. Items that also have a significant representation of some theme or dynamic are also included.

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Sacred Objects of Legend of Zelda

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The definition of Sacred can change from time to time and the Legend of Zelda series coveres several ages, where items come and go. Some have humble beginings only to evolve into well worshiped items and some fall out of worship and sometimes even memory, becoming just a passing rumor or long forgotten legend.

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