While focusing on the theme of the worldwide voyages of Phileas Fogg, the central character in the Jules Verne novel, Around the World in 80 Days and Nellie Bly, also known as Elizabeth Cochrane, newspaper reporter for the Cosmopolitan, we will display Victorian Era objects representing routes of these two travelers. Objects on display will include nineteenth century men and women’s clothing, and pieces from the museum collection that range from countries such as Italy, Egypt, Turkey, China, Hong Kong, and the United States.
The journey starts in the downstairs gallery on the first floor and continues onto the second floor with a special section on photography and travel using cameras from the museum’s collection, including a forerunner of the camera, the stereoscope. The first and second floor galleries will be transformed into a microcosm of the extraordinary travels, both real and fictional, that Phileas and Nellie made, telling the stories of how they completed their history-making journeys in the 1880s and 1890s.
Local history is also included in our main hall display, as we look at late nineteenth century travel in Bergen County.