Collectors and Collections Converge at Global Village Museum

By Leisa Taylor Director of Communications & Outreach January 29, 2024

Examining the motivation and role of the accumulation of objects, Collections: Unexpected Treasures 

debuts Feb. 2 at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures 

with free admission from 5-8 pm as  part of First Friday Art Walk.

The grand opening presentation will begin at 6 pm. “Both humans and animals have the desire or instinct to collect,” said Seraina Gessler, who is curating  the exhibit with her husband, Johannes Gessler, and Marilyn Pierson. “What are the different things that  people collect? And what is the purpose of saving or stockpiling a particular item?” 

The Main Gallery exhibition will showcase a variety of unusual collections, including combs, rocks,  thimbles, Cooper’s tools, scrap metal transformed into artwork, stone axes, arrowheads, local and  international masks, barbed wire, music boxes, and African baskets. 

Pictures of huge trolls, designed by  Thomas Dumbo from discarded wood, will highlight what can be created from collected old pallets.  

The exhibition, which runs through May 25, will broaden our assumptions and perceptions of what  constitutes a collection. Visitors will also learn about the unexpected treasures of celebrities and famous  people. 

The Global Village Museum is located at 200 West Mountain Avenue, and Museum hours are 11 am to  5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Regular admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, $1 for  ages 4-15, and free for children three and under. Adult tours receive discounted admission of $3/person.  

For more information and closure dates during the change of exhibits, visit or  call 970-221-4600.