Signature Exhibits


Signature exhibits feature the Museum’s collection and collaborative, community-based partnerships. MOSH’s Guest Curator program highlights relevant and current topics, significant research, and collections through presentations offered by local experts and institutions. Signature exhibits are designed to add depth and a local voice to core and traveling exhibits, programming, and current community topics.

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

02.04.21 — 06.20.21

In recognition of 151st anniversary of the passage of the 15th Amendment, MOSH is proud to host Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow. This exhibit explores the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War. When slavery ended in 1865, a period of Reconstruction began, leading to such achievements as the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution. By 1868, all persons born in the United States were citizens and equal under the law. But efforts to create an interracial democracy were contested from the start. A harsh backlash ensued, ushering in a half century of the “separate but equal” age of Jim Crow. This exhibition has been organized by the New-York Historical Society.

This poster exhibition, produced in connection with the 2018 NYHS exhibition of the same name, explore the contested efforts toward full citizenship and racial equality for African Americans that transpired in the fifty years after the Civil War. The period between the end of slavery in 1865 and the end of World War I in 1919 saw African Americans champion their rights as the “separate but equal” age of Jim Crow began. Examining both the activism for and opposition to black citizenship rights, the works of art, political cartoons, photographs, documents, primary accounts, and timelines underscore how ideas of freedom and citizenship were redefined by government and citizen action, and challenged by legal discrimination and violence.

For additional information on this exhibition, please visit or email the New-York Historical Society at

Creation Station


The Creation Station, MOSH’s debut maker space, is open to the public once again! While the spirit of making and DIY learning continues within the walls of this exhibit, the Creation Station guest experience will include a few modifications to ensure visitor and staff safety.

Please visit our Creation Station page for more information.

Thank you to our exhibition sponsor: