Lake Wales Museum

Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard

Sep 18, 2018 - Nov 24, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard is a historical exhibit at the Lake Wales Museum presented by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Smithsonian Garden’s Archive of American Gardens.

The suburban backyard is an American original—an invention so familiar it hardly seems invented at all. This exciting traveling exhibit explores the mid-century backyard from the rise of the suburbs and tract houses, to the beauty of postwar garden design, and the birth of the environmental movement. Filled with vintage photographs, historic drawings, and fun period advertisements, the exhibition reveals how these spaces became such an integral part of American popular culture. 

The Lake Wales Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.  Parking is free and the first floor is accessible for persons with disabilities, wheelchairs and strollers. 

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