Christmas is a special time at the American Museum and a great time for families to visit. Unique handmade decorations abound throughout the Museum, festive decorations and gift ideas can be found in our shops, and winter warmer treats are served in our café.
Most of our Period Rooms pre-date the celebration of Christmas as we know it today. Our displays, therefore, show winter activities that were popular during each period. The display in every room is changed, items are removed, and other pieces – usually in storage – are put on display. Bright festive colour is brought into these spaces through the placement of costume, textiles, and floral arrangements.
The jewel in the crown of our Christmas displays is the magnificent seventeen foot Nordman Fir tree that dominates the Central Hall. This tree is smothered with over 1,000 lights and bedecked with ornaments that have been handmade by Museum staff members and volunteers. These trinkets – and other handmade decorations that adorn the public spaces of the Museum – are inspired by a theme that changes each year.
This year’s Christmas displays will be open from 24 November – 18 December 2016, Tues – Sun, 12noon-4.30pm.