Red puzzle cube with one piece slightly askew

Puzzle Party

Join curator Philip Nyman for hands-on demonstrations of some of the puzzles in this summer’s special exhibit Ingenious Mechanical Puzzles from Around the World—and try a few yourself!

About the exhibit

Through the centuries, people have devised imaginative, even diabolical, puzzles to test our wits. Three-dimensional puzzles crafted of wood, metal, plastic, and other durable materials are designed to be taken apart, rearranged, or untangled. This exhibit is a selection of the world’s most famous mechanical puzzles that are artistic, creative, and challenging. Enjoy their beauty—and try your hand at solving some of them.

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To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at (217) 244-5586 or (email link).