Jigsaw Puzzles: Putting it All Together

Through October 12, 2018

Explore the evolution of jigsaw puzzles and learn how they have been made through the years at Jigsaw Puzzles: Putting it All Together. See dozens of puzzle examples ranging from the late 1700s to today and learn about the tools used to create these beloved playthings:

  • View early puzzles from the 18th and 19th centuries depicting maps of Europe and America—including the first commercial puzzle.
  • See a foot-powered jigsaw and watch a video of professional puzzle-cutters to learn how the intricate pieces are cut.
  • Discover how changing technologies, such as steel-cut dies, made puzzles easier and cheaper to produce.
  • Check out “weekly puzzles” that sold at American newsstands for only 10 cents!
  • Examine the impact of pop culture on puzzle-making with examples of Pokémon, SpongeBob, and Star Wars!
  • Gaze at modern 3-dimensional and electronic puzzles.
  • Trace puzzles’ role as an advertising tool for everything from cars to fast food!
  • Try your hand at our interactive puzzle and become a part of a puzzle photo op.

Jigsaw Puzzles: Putting it All Together remains on view through October 12, 2018.