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Rube Goldberg exhibit coming to Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 16, 2019) – Beginning in January, visitors to the Indiana State Museum will be able to explore – and create – machines that work in as inefficient and silly a way as possible, in the traveling exhibit “Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit.”

This exhibition showcases humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg’s iconic contraptions and celebrates his humorous storytelling and inventive cartoons. In the exhibit, visitors will be able to activate and create crazy chain-reaction contraptions that use everyday objects to complete simple tasks in the most overcomplicated, inefficient and hilarious ways possible. 

Goldberg himself was born in 1883, and he went on to become a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist best known for his zany invention cartoons. He graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a degree in engineering. He’s the only person ever to be listed in the dictionary as an adjective, and it’s estimated that he created 50,000 cartoons in his lifetime. 

The exhibit contains a collection of new 3D, life-size machines and hands-on, interactive components that connect Rube’s iconic cartoon contraptions to the way things work in the physical world. Visitors will find the fun in failure as they step into the role of illustrator, storyteller and inventor. 

“Our visitors will have an opportunity to be creative and have fun in this experience that’s perfect for kids of all ages – and adults,” said Cathy Ferree, president and CEO of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. “This exhibit is a great opportunity for all to test their problem-solving skills.”  

The exhibit will be open Jan. 18 through May 10 and is included with purchase of general admission. 

“Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit” was created by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in partnership with the Heirs of Rube Goldberg.
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About the Indiana State Museum

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is Indiana’s museum for science, art and culture, offering a place where you can celebrate, investigate, remember, learn and take pride in Indiana’s story in the context of the broader world. Even the building is a showcase of the best Indiana has to offer in architecture, materials and sculpture. Easy and convenient parking is available in the attached underground garage.

About Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh 

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is a place that delights and inspires children, where they can take off on fantastic flights of imagination daily, and return to earth to hammer a nail and ink a silkscreen. With 80,000 square feet of space, the Museum welcomes more than 306,000 visitors annually and provides tons of fun and loads of “real stuff” experiences for play and learning. Permanent hands-on, interactive exhibit areas at the Museum include The Studio, Theater, Waterplay, Attic, Nursery, Backyard and MAKESHOP®. The Museum’s award-winning, three-story, center building is screened by a shimmering wind Sculpture and connects two historic structures (Allegheny Post Office Building & the Buhl Building). In 2006, the Museum became a certified green building and was honored by the American Institute for Architects and the National Historic Preservation Trust. In 2015 the Museum was named as one of the nation’s fifteen top children’s museums by Parents magazine and in 2017 was Voted One of the Nation’s Ten Best Museums for Families in USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice Contest for Best Museum for Families in America. 

About Rube Goldberg, Inc.

Rube Goldberg, Inc. is dedicated to keeping laughter and invention alive through the legacy of its namesake. Annual competitions, image licensing, merchandising, and museum and entertainment opportunities continue to grow and enhance the brand. At the helm is Rube’s granddaughter, Jennifer George, whose best-selling book on her grandfather, The Art of Rube Goldberg, is now in its fourth printing. RGI is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to promoting STEM & STEAM education for students of all ages.

About Rube Goldberg

Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist best known for his zany invention cartoons. He was born in San Francisco on the 4th of July, 1883 – and graduated from U. Cal Berkeley with a degree in engineering. His first job at the San Francisco Chronicle led to early success, but it wasn’t until he moved to NYC and began working for Hearst publications that he became a household name. Rube Goldberg is the only person ever to be listed in the Merriam Webster Dictionary as an adjective. It’s estimated that he did a staggering 50,000 cartoons in his lifetime.
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