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Posted on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 : 12:45 p.m.

Ann Arbor Dinnerware Museum inaugural exhibit opens April 27

By Jessica Webster


Image courtesy of Dinnerware Museum.

Most of us only think about dinnerware when we're registering for wedding presents or when we have to track down a replacement salad plate after a particularly klutzy dishwashing mishap. But for Margaret Carney, dinnerware is a passion that led her to the creation of Ann Arbor's Dinnerware Museum.

Museums celebrating quirky subjects are certainly nothing new. Visitors to Middleton, Wis. might find themselves enjoying the National Mustard Museum. Logan, Ohio tourists are sure to spend time at the city's Pencil Sharpener Museum. But the Dinnerware Museum is no oddball attraction.

According to a press release, the museum's focus is "collecting, conserving and preserving, exhibiting, and educating the public about international dinnerware created from ceramic, glass, wood, metal, lacquer, paper, plastic, and fiber, which celebrates a significant aspect of our daily lives from ancient times to the present."


The Cocktail Party (c) 1992 by Sandy Skoglund, archival photograph, in the permanent collection of the Dinnerware Museum.

Courtesy of the Dinnerware Museum

Carney is looking for a permanent Ann Arbor home for her collection, but for now the opening exhibit, "Unforgettable Dinnerware", will be held at the The Ladies' Literary Club of Ypsilanti, 218 N. Washington St. The exhibit will kick off with a public reception on Saturday, April 27, from 4 - 7 p.m.

Unforgettable Dinnerware "celebrates selective memories of food, fun and dinnerware, providing a window on our material culture, norms and attitudes toward food and dining," according to the press release.

After Saturday's opening reception, the exhibit will run through May 17, with daily hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional information can be found on the Dinnerware Museum website and Facebook page.

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Paula Gardner

Fri, Apr 26, 2013 : 5:54 p.m.

Very cool! I love the photos of the collection on the website:


Fri, Apr 26, 2013 : 10:34 p.m.

I saw a piece of tupperware that I have had for years; the tan rectangular divided container!