For Families: Rolling Sculpture Scavenger Hunt

Vrooom! Accelerate into the past with the help of these clues, and discover the NCMA’s newest exhibition, Rolling Sculpture: Art Deco Cars from the 1930’s and ‘40s. Can you find each of the cars using their deco details as your guide?

Take a glance at my hood

Where you’ll find a depiction

Of an ornamental insect

That’s positively Egyptian.

With a nod toward the future

No teardrops in my design.

Instead, I’m horizontal–

See my looooong red line?

On my two-toned frame

Circles abound!

From the headlights to air vents

My details are round.

My silvery body

Is smooth and quick by design.

Find teardrop shapes all over

And rarely a straight line.

Turn on my three headlights,

Take me out for a spin.

You’ll speed along safely

Thanks to my dorsal fin!

I’m built for speed

On flat roads and inclines.

Can you find my raised seams?

Do they make me look streamlined?

More box-like than others

I sit long and low.

I’m all dressed up to party

In my gray rainbow.

My curves are dramatic

From handles to tailpipe

But most striking of all:

My black and white pinstripes.


Details from top: 1936 Stout Scarab, Collection of Ron Schneider, Photo © 2016 Peter Harholdt; 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt, Courtesy of the RPW Collection, Denver, Colo., Photo © 2016 Michael Furman; 1936 Peugeot 402 Darl’mat Coupe, Jim Patterson/The Patterson Collection, Photo © 2016 Michael Furman; 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B “Xenia,” Collection of Peter Mullin Automotive Museum Foundation, Photo © 2016 Peter Harholdt; 1940 Tatra T87, Collection of Chris Ohrstrom, Photo © 2016 Peter Harholdt; 1935 Bugatti A©rolithe, Collection of Chris Ohrstrom, Photo © 2016 Joe Wiecha; 1930 Ruxton Model C Sedan, The Richard H. Driehaus Collection at Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage, Photo © 2016 Peter Harholdt; 1934 BMW R7 Concept Motorcycle, BMW Classic Collection, Photo © 2016 Peter Harholdt

Related Rolling Sculpture Events for Famlies

Family Tours

Free 30-minute tour

Sign up that day; first come, first served. Limited space.

Exhibition tickets are required for entry. Visit the Museum Box Office in East Building to sign up for tours and to purchase exhibition tickets, or call (919) 715-5923.

Interactive tours led by a Museum family guide

Saturdays, October 1November 12

Sundays, October 2November 13

Family Fun Saturdays

October 15 | Deco Derby Cars

November 19 | Deco the Walls

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