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Old Car In Window
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An old Model T Ford was on display in the front window of the San Diego History Center. The doors opened at 10:00 a.m and closed at 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. The museum was closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.


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Dressing The Part
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San Diego History Center presented a collaborative exhibition with The Old Globe theater. The Old Globe's 75th anniversary was celebrated with an interactive exhibition of dramatic costumes from the Old Globe.


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Wall Of Sketches
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Three walls were covered with a collection of costume sketches from the Old Globe theater. A really amazing assortment of costume designs collected over the Old Globe's 75 year history.


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Actual Costumes
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Actual costumes from the Old Globe theater were displayed on mannequins. This provided an opportunity to examine up close the construction techniques used.


The San Diego History Center external link external link Balboa Park   •  1649 El Prado, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 30 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 11:38:59 Sunday 17 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_1405
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Transforming The Actor
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One exhibit showed how a single actor could take on dramatically different guises based on simple costume changes.


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A Video
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A video showed how costumes were designed and made. Along the table in front of the video were samples of several construction techniques.


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Sketches To Color
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Several different costume sketches were available on a table in the center of the exhibit area. Colored pencils were available for kids to use to color the sketches.


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Try On Costumes
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In the back of the exhibit area were changing rooms and a stage. Visitors could change into costumes and appear on the stage to feel what it might be like to perform. Note the egg suit costume was the one available for coloring in the previous shot.


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Main Entry Hall
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The main entry hall was decorated with sketches for the special exhibit. There were no exhibits up stairs, but art was on display through the next arch.


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Floor Was A Map
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Behind the second arch was a floor covered with a giant map of the San Diego area. Push pins showed areas of interest, such as the location of the museum in which you stood.


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Spanish Murals
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Flanking the map were two huge murals in the style of old Spain. They stood easily 30 feet (9 meters) tall and illustrated the Spanish conquest of the Americas.


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Historic Art
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A room was filled with art that depicted historic events of southern California. Also in this room were examples of art from the periods shown. No closeups were available because photography was forbidden.


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