Mathematica at The Henry Ford

Posted August 7, 2017

Charles and Ray Eameses’ groundbreaking exhibition about “the world of numbers . . . and beyond,” goes on permanent display at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

After caring for Mathematica for many years, the Eames Office found the perfect home for it in 2015, when The Henry Ford acquired the exhibition for permanent display. The museum lovingly repairing the show’s components and opened the exhibition for all to enjoy on September 23, 2017.

The show cracks the world of mathematics wide open, allowing novices and experts alike to create new and exciting connections between math and the everyday world.

Mathematica is just as inspiring today as it was when legendary designers Charles and Ray Eames first created it in 1961. The duo pioneered the interactive exhibition format and demonstrated how to make kinetic, experiential learning environments that are as fun as they are educational.

The Eames Office created a total of three versions of Mathematica. All three are on view for visitors to experience and enjoy today. The first is on display at the New York Hall of Science; it was initially created for the IBM Pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The second version can be seen at The Museum of Science in Boston.

The third version was originally on view at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle before becoming the property of the Eames family; this version, which includes interactive elements unique to it, has found a wonderful new home at The Henry Ford.


Exhibition Details

Mathematica: A World of Numbers . . . and Beyond
Opens September 23, 2017

Exhibition will be on permanent display.

The Henry Ford Museum
20900 Oakwood Boulevard
Dearborn, MI 48124

To learn about The Henry Ford’s field trip packages, call 313-982-6001 and then press 1.