STEPS AND STAIRS: STAIRWAYS TO EVERYWHERE
March 11 - May 28, 2010

The latest major exhibition at the Museum focuses on the steps that make up the stairways around the world. For instance, the Museum building has 27 stairways. Stairways are also popular motifs throughout the history of art and literature. The stairway has played a prominent role in many memorable movies.

Did you know...

*The longest staircase in the world is 11 674 steps long. It can be found on the slopes of Mount Niesen in the Swiss Alps.

*M. C. Escher's continuous staircase was based on an invention by L.S. and Roger Penrose in 1958.

*Nathan Ames is credited with patenting the first "escalator" in 1859.

*Stairs in dreams generally mean that you are coming to a conclusion.

*Every step is composed of a tread and riser. A tread is the part of the stairway that is stepped on, and a riser is the vertical portion between each tread on the stair.

Do not miss the chance to experience Hussein Hämäläinen's installation, "Stairway Through the Heavens". The reflecting gold ceiling and walls, makes the long staircase feel as if it continues forever.