Preparing for Fall at the Headley-Whitney: Changing Exhibits

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and that classes have been back in session for nearly two weeks!  With the change in the seasons come changes at the Museum.  We’re bustling behind the scenes at the Museum preparing for exciting new exhibits and workshops!

Last October, we received “Within the Emperor’s Garden: The Ten-Thousand Springs Pavilion” from the Smithsonian.  The impressive, one-fifth scale model represents one of the pavilions still standing in the Forbidden City in Beijing and stands in testament to traditional Chinese carving techniques.  A traveling exhibit, the Pavilion arrived at the Headley-WhitneyMuseum in twelve separate (and very large!) crates!  The Smithsonian’s Senior Conservator Don Williams and a team of seven dedicated volunteers assembled the Pavilion in less than three days, carefully angling, moving, and arranging the separate pieces into the impressive 10’x10’x10’ structure—no small feat considering the gallery the Pavilion is housed in also contains four Marylou Whitney dollhouses!  The Pavilion has been at center stage of our Museum for nearly a year, but it is time for it to move on.

How do you move a 10'x10'x10' replica? Very carefully!

This week, we began relocating crates stored around our grounds back into the main Museum building.  Armed with a pallet jack and dolly instead of a team of volunteers, we were able to maneuver the crates back into the Study Gallery in preparation for the Pavilion’s departure.  We should begin disassembling the Pavilion the first week of October—be sure to stop by the Museum to see this impressive structure before it moves to its next destination!

About Headley Whitney Museum

We are a decorative arts museum located in the heart of the Bluegrass. Opened in 1968 by George Headley III, a noted jewelry designer from the mid-twentieth century. Our permanent collection includes the Marylou Whitney Estate dollhouses, Library, Jewel Room and galleries for temporary exhibitions.
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