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Temporary Exhibit- Attic Treasures II

We’ve all heard stories about a friend who found some precious treasure in their attic -- a lost family heirloom or a priceless work of art -- the truth is all of us likely have objects in our attics, or closets, or basements, or somewhere else that have fantastic stories to tell. Every year we receive a wide array of attic treasures from around our community; each with its own special history, each a part of the ongoing story of Chinatown. In fact, we receive so many of your treasures it can be hard to find a single theme to share them all under, which is why we’ve created Attic Treasures II -- to show off some of our favorite items that have not previously been on display at the Museum. To help you imagine the lives these objects once lived we’ve arranged them as if they were in a home. With similar items from different eras and places we hope to spark your curiosity as you compare and contrast. At the same time you may ask: “What happens when a treasure leaves an attic to become part of a museum collection, one of the Museum’s ‘attic treasures’?” As you explore each of the rooms in this house you will also go behind the scenes and learn about how the Museum cares for, and uses, the curious and delightful attic treasures we receive.

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