Great American Hall of Wonders

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The Great American Hall of Wonders: Art, Science, and Invention in the Nineteenth Century
Author Claire Perry
Country United States
Language English
Subject United States history
Publisher Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian American Art Museum ; London : In association with D Giles Ltd.
Publication date
Media type Hardover, paperback
ISBN 978-1-904832-97-3
OCLC 703623559

The Great American Hall of Wonders was an exhibition and catalog organized in 2011 by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibit explored a number of themes pertinent to 19th century United States: clocks, Niagara Falls, guns, buffalos, railroads, and "big trees."[1] Works displayed included patent illustrations, advertisements, and artworks.[2]

List of artists[edit]

Among the artists, illustrators, photographers and inventors exhibited:[3]


  1. ^ Smithsonian American Art Museum. Exhibit website. Retrieved 2011-10-21
  2. ^ Brett Zongker. "Patent models join art in new Smithsonian exhibit." Associated Press, July 16, 2011
  3. ^ Perry. Great American Hall of Wonders. Washington DC: Smithsonian, 2011

Further reading[edit]

  • The Art Newspaper, July 2011, "The Great American Hall of Wonders" by Javier Pes
  • Washingtonian, July 2011, "'Hall of Wonders' Opens at the Smithsonian American Art Museum" by Sophie Gilbert
  • Inventors Digest, July 2011, "Welcome to the U.S. Hall of Wonders"
  • NPR, Weekend Edition, July 17, 2011, "'Hall Of Wonders' Explores U.S. Innovation" with Linda Wertheimer
  • BBC, July 21, 2011, "Can America's genius for invention endure?" by Jane O'Brien
  • The Washington Post, July 24, 2011, "Smithsonian's 'Great American Hall of Wonders' is a missed opportunity" by Philip Kennicott
  • The New York Times, July 28, 2011, "The World as America Dreamed It" by Edward Rothstein

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