Discover George Washington Exhibition Now at Fort Worth Museum

Monday, October 31 2011 19:19   Museums
George Washington's only surviving complete set of dentures is among the approximately 100 original objects associated with him now on display at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in Texas.

"Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon" is making its only Lone Star appearance on its national tour, running now through Jan. 22, 2012 at the museum.,

george_washingtonThe exhibition explores Washington's views on religion and slavery, and the influence of his wife, Martha, along with engaging videos, original artifacts, intricate three-dimensional architectural models and interactive displays.

Three life-size figures, developed through a cutting-edge forensic investigation, depict Washington at significant stages of his life - age 19 as a young surveyor, age 45 as commander-in-chief, and age 57 when he was sworn in as the country's first president.

"We are extremely honored to be chosen as the sole museum in Texas for this extraordinary historical exhibition," said Van Romans, museum president. "Partnering with Historic Mount Vernon is another proud milestone in the history of our museum, and we are delighted to share this exhibition with our community and surrounding neighbors."

The exhibition is presented in 11 sections, ranging from Washington's youth to his final days.

In addition to Washington's dentures, paintings, books, maps, and objects such as surveying equipment, Revolutionary War armaments, tools used by slaves, and presidential table settings are among the artifacts featured in the exhibition.

Mrs. Washington is represented by original jewelry, pieces of her china, silver, and glassware, and reproductions of her gold wedding dress and purple satin slippers.

"Although over a million people come to walk in Washington's footsteps at Mount Vernon each year, we know that not everyone will have a chance to visit his home," said Jim Rees, executive director of Mount Vernon.

"We wanted to bring the fascinating story of Washington's life to people around the country by showing a wide variety of compelling personal belongings and some intriguing elements from our new Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center," he added.

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is open daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and select Mondays in September.

For more information about the museum, visit or call (817) 255-9300.


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