When the Circus Comes to Town is the theme of this year's holiday exhibit at the Taber Museum, which opens on December 4, 2019 and continues through the New Year, closing on January 18, 2020. An opening reception is planned for December 6, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
The exhibit will feature an extensive 'Humpty Dumpty Circus' with a ring master, lion tamer, clowns, elephants, donkeys and trapeze artists, all under the Big Top tent. The flexible circus figures were created by the Schoenhut Factory, dating from the last decades of the 1800s and continuing until the 1910s.
Carved circus figures created by Ron Warren will also be featured. These figures depict several well-known characters including Mother Goose, elephants, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Humpty Dumpty. In addition, a selection of vintage wind-up and tin toys from the early 20th century from the collection of Paul Weber will be displayed.
A number of music box carousels and carousel horses from the collection of Jay Hilsher will also be highlighted as well as several Emmett Kelly figurines from the collection of Daune Pasco. Circus posters, childhood circus trains and stuffed circus animals also on loan from the community will add to the enjoyment of this delightful exhibit.
During the opening reception, the evening of December 6th and continuing through that weekend, the Taber Museum's annual holiday ornament sale will also be taking place. The sale will feature a diverse group of local talented artists who have created limited edition and one-of-a-kind ornaments for sale. Each sale will benefit the Taber Museum. This year's featured artist is Deb Parsons with her 2019 limited edition ornament: a circus elephant reflecting the theme of the holiday exhibit. For additional information about the holiday ornament sale please visit our website.
The Taber Museum is open for touring Tuesdays through Fridays, 9:30 AM until 4:00 PM and on Saturdays, 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM. There is an admission charge to tour the museum which includes the Holiday Exhibit. The museum will be closing on Christmas Eve at noon and will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day as well.