The Museum
 

The Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop was established in 1979 as a not-for-profit historic and educational organization. The Museum preserves the site on which Whitney constructed the first American factory in 1798.

An Historic Site

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Factories are places of change. At least 18 buildings have come and gone since Eli Whitney's time. We are still digging into that history.

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Eli Whitney

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On September 17th 1798, Eli Whitney purchased the land around the museum. He came here to build a factory.

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The Gilbert Project

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For 50 years, Alfred Carlton Gilbert put his signature on toys for children. He built a world of learning tools that were unified by a distinct, personal vision. No toymaker's name in history is better known.

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The Leonardo Challenge

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Leonardo da Vinci demonstrated the origins of invention in the playful application of his imagination. The annual Leonardo Challenge engages artisans and artists in crafting stunning works of improvisational creativity.

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Exhibitions

Though the Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop functions more as a workshop than as a conventional museum, it does feature 3 small exhibitions per year.

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The Leonardo Project

What if you waited through the first five years of your schooling with an answer, for which no one ever asked the question? In Leonardo, children discover deep and rich questions for which they have lively answers.

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