Community Gallery Series
The Community Gallery presents rotating exhibits featuring guest curators from the Philadelphia community working in partnership with the Independence Seaport Museum. The Community Gallery debuted in February 2012 and is located on the 2nd floor of the Seaport Museum. "Flowers," by Djennas Abdelkrim. The materials used were wine bottle caps, wire and foam. Photo taken by Mary E. Foley.
Currently on Exhibit:
August 16 - February 17, 2014
Oh, Sugar!, located in the Museum’s 2nd floor community gallery, focuses on Philadelphia's candy manufacturing history, tracing the magical transformation sugar takes from cane to candy. Oh, Sugar! is curated by Eric and Ryan Berley, the brothers behind Old City’s beloved Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionery.The exhibition will be on display until February 16, 2014 and is included with regular Museum admission.
With more than 100 artifacts from the Berley’s collection of confectionery machinery, molds and ephemera, visitors will get a glimpse into the raw realities and sugar-coated past of Philadelphia’s connection to the sugar industry. The exhibition looks at the evolution of the sugar industry, from the beginning of our love of sugar in colonial America through today. Visitors can trace the trade routes that brought cane to the colonies and discover the early sugar refining techniques that were anything but sweet. Children can play candy maker in cap and apron within the context of an old-time candy kitchen. The exhibition is suitable for anyone with a sweet tooth, with information geared toward both young and young at heart. The exhibition concludes with a stop at vintage candy counter, complete with a working gumball machine so visitors can purchase a treat. Candy from Shane Confectionery will also be available for purchase in the Museum’s gift shop.
October 12: Old City Seaport Festival & Candy Demonstration
November TBA: Back to Candy Class
December 14: Lighted Boat Parade & Christmas Candy Making
January TBA: Chocolate Evening & Entertainment