Hidden Treasures: Celebrating 75 Years

It's an exhibit unlike any other filled with iconic artifacts from 
a teaching collection which has inspired generations.

From period rooms showcasing life in a bygone era to Texas History artifacts to a spectacular 
array of ceremonial masks from around the world, they are collections that shaped our story. 

It's the best of our own history reimagined for this special anniversary exhibition.

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On exhibit in the Dr. Louis Levy Hall of Physiology from 1974 - 1998 

TAM: TAM is a visual representation of the human skeletal and muscular systems. Half of her body demonstrates the human skeleton and the other half demonstrates the muscular system.

Astrid: Astrid is a visual representation of all of the body's systems. Specifically, Astrid demonstrates the circulatory, digestive, respiratory, endocrine, and reproductive systems.

On exhibit in the Dr. May Owen Hall of Medical Science from 1965 - 1998

Skeleton on a Unicycle: The skeleton on a unicycle is a unique visual representation of the human skeleton in motion.

Trepanning: The Primitive Art of Skull Surgery: This diorama depicts a scene of Neolithic people performing a primitive form of surgery. This type of surgery was known as trepanning. Trepanning was a form of skull surgery that removed pieces of the skull that had fractured or splintered after an individual experienced some sort of head trauma. This Trepanning Exhibit was part of the Dr. May Owen Hall of Medical Science from 1965 until the Hall closed in 1998.


Science Collections

Animals and Birds: Many of our research specimens were collected by the Museum's Science Club and exemplify our dedication to the preservation of Texas flora and fauna. Research and scientific collecting represent approximately 75% of the Museum's science collection.

Samurai Armor: The Samurai suit of armor is an authentic, Japanese suit of armor. Samurais were warrior knights during the 16th and 17th centuries in Japan. A Samurai's armor not only protected the warrior inside, but it also frightened their enemy and symbolized legendary courage.

Ceremonial Masks: Throughout history, masks have been used by many cultures for spiritual, symbolic, protective, ceremonial, and decorative reasons. These masks were on display in the "People and Their Possessions" and the "Mexican Festival Masks" exhibits.

Totem Poles: These Totem Poles were in the exhibit "Where the Spirits Dwell." They represent different concepts of home, memorial, shame or ridicule, and welcoming.



Ford Model T Roadster, 1919: Generally regarded as the first affordable automobile for middle-class America, the Model T stands on the top ten list of the most cars sold of all time.

Champlin Oil Wagon, 1920: H.H. Champlin was a well-known banker and oilman whose company Champlin Oil had drilling operations and production in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico.


Texas History/Period Rooms
On exhibit in the Bruce Shulkey Hall of Texas History from 1961 - 1993

Log Cabin, CA. 1850: Many early settlers in Texas built and lived in log cabins. This period room recreates a typical log cabin kitchen in the 1850s.

Victorian Parlor, CA. 1900: This Victorian Parlor from the 1900s recreates the formal meeting place for a home during the 19th and 20th centuries. Parlors often would have contained the nicest furniture in the home in order to make a good impression on guests.

School Room, CA. 1900: Schoolhouses, like this 1900s recreation, were often one room. One teacher typically taught all students from every grade at the same time. In fact, the first school in Fort Worth had only 12 students in 1854.

General Store, CA. 1900: A typical General Store of the early 1900s provided a variety of items to farmers and ranchers and usually on credit. These stores were also popular gathering places for men, who made most of the purchases. The first general store in Fort Worth opened in 1856.


Archival Photography
Courtesy, Star-Telegram Collection, Special Collections, UTA Libraries
Courtesy, Arthur Lavine, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Archives

 "Hidden Treasures" photographs were taken between 1941 and the early 2000s and are representative of the extensive collection of archival film photography maintained by The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. The preservation and digitization of nearly 40,000 film images is managed by Museum archivists.

Anniversary Sponsors


It began as a dream 75 years ago and has run on imagination ever since. Rediscover artifacts at the heart of our collection in this special anniversary exhibition.

Fun Fact
The Museum's Noble Planetarium was the first planetarium to be named after a female astronomer, Charlie Mary Noble, a Fort Worth educator of math and astronomy.

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