Decorative Arts at The World's Fairs - Inventing the modern world, 1851-1939.

What People are Saying!

"The Worlds' Fairs exhibit is full of fabulous treasures. Each time I think I've picked a favorite piece, I discover another beautiful object to marvel."

"I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit. The detailed woodwork on the decorative arts was incredible—some of the pieces looked like they would have taken an entire lifetime to complete!"

"The objects in the World's Fair exhibition offered an interesting and visually rich trip through history."

"Child-like wonder; reminds me of running around a World's Fair in 1992."

"Amazing. . . big fan of decorative arts."

"My second visit. Discovered new things this time, but saw old favorites."

"Astonishing and ornate. One of the best exhibits ever!"

"Unique and eye-opening."

"Fascinated by all the things we take for granted that were first exhibited at World's Fairs."

"Unexpected and awesome."

Exhibition Tour Dates

Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs is going on the road. If you missed the exhibition here in Kansas City, please consider visiting one of the following venues:

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
October 13, 2012–February 24, 2013

New Orleans Museum of Art
April 12–August 4, 2013

Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina
September 21, 2013–January 19, 2014