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Tales From the Museum w/ Kylie & Zak: The Strong Museum of Play

April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

The museums might be closed, but their wonders are still waiting to be discovered!

Join Kylie Holloway and Zak Martellucci for an insider experience of the museums you miss the most. On each show, we’ll celebrate an incredible museum and the people who work to make it great. We’ll explore the strange, sublime, and secret stories behind the work on display and we’ll close out the show with an exclusive conversation with a guest expert about the collection and how the museum world is coping with this uncertain time. Since we can’t get to most museums in person at the moment, we’re bringing you their amazing stories via a virtual presentation!

This month we’ll be exploring the Strong Museum of Play, home of the National Toy Hall of Fame! We’ll be joined by special guest, chief curator at the Strong Museum, Christopher Bensch! He has been at the museum since 1989, and since 2004, he has overseen all the museum’s curatorial, conservation, and library functions and the more than 510,000 objects that make it the largest, most comprehensive collection of toys, games, dolls, and video games in the world! Representing the Hall of Fame, Chris has hula hooped on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, recounted the history of Slinky and Silly Putty on the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum series, and appeared live on MSNBC and on ABC’s Good Morning America Sunday.

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Your Hosts:

Kylie Holloway is a performer and live events producer who uses comedy to celebrate the forgotten women of history and artists you should know about. You can catch her as the host of Nevertheless She Existed: a comedy podcast unearthing groundbreaking women of yore, or as a tour guide at museums across the country. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @KylieHolloway_!

Zak Martellucci is a storyteller, science communicator and huge nerd who has worked in the museum space for the last 7+ years. He is also a host of VERSUS, a monthly interactive debate show at Caveat in NYC. Find him on Twitter @ZakMartellucci and Instagram @zzzzzzak!

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Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Atlas Obscura online experiences are recommended for attendees age 13+.

This online experience will be recorded. A temporary link to the recording will be provided in a follow-up email to all ticket holders within 72 hours after the event. Access to this recording will be available for seven days.

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