This exhibit showcases Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg’s iconic contraptions, imaginative illustrations and humorous storytelling, celebrating his skills as both an artist and inventor.

You’ll activate and create crazy chain-reaction contraptions that use everyday objects to complete simple tasks in the most overcomplicated, inefficient and hilarious ways possible.

Rube Goldberg machines are many things, but they aren’t perfect. Find the fun in failure as you step into the role of illustrator, storyteller and inventor!

The exhibit uses authentic 3D recreations inspired by original Rube Goldberg illustrations with newly created interactive components, designed and built by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, to convey the humorous narratives and inventive thinking that embody Rube’s work. His contraptions become not only an entry point for deeper exploration of themes related to storytelling, but to the way things work.

Original illustrations by Ed Steckley from the award-winning children’s book, Rube Goldberg’s Simple Normal Humdrum School Day, a collection of new responsive chain-reaction exhibits, and videos featuring the latest chain-reaction machines from all around the world tell the bigger story of Rube Goldberg’s legacy. 

Putnam Museum and Science Center • 1717 W. 12th Street • Davenport, Iowa
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