New Exhibit Coming to Local Museum


Collin County History Museum | Image by Collin County History Museum

McKinney’s Collin County History Museum will be the home of a new and engaging exhibit this March.

Titled, Created in Collin, the display will present the entire history of Collin County, from its origins to the present. This includes highlighting the notable products, food, people, and ideas that all originated in Collin County, according to Community Impact.

For instance, the exhibit will feature the work of Carroll Shelby, a renowned automotive designer, racecar driver, and entrepreneur.

As the museum’s executive director, Kristin Spalding, told Community Impact, “I’d like everyone to see themselves in this exhibit as well. I would like them to find some little piece of it that appeals to them, or that … inspires them.”

Spalding continued, “I really want to inspire people to remember what they may have already known, or maybe be surprised. Even if just one thing is a surprise to them, I’m excited.”

According to the museum’s website, its mission is to “preserve and honor the past, connect with the present, embrace the Future.”

Efforts to do so included the burial of a time capsule in Veterans Memorial Park late last year and the McKinney Then and Now exhibit that showed visitors how the town has evolved over time through 360 images, drone videography, and even an augmented reality experience through a downloadable HP Reveal app.

While Created in Collin will replace the McKinney Then and Now exhibit, it can still be viewed virtually online.

Some sections of the new exhibit will document the filming of the movie Benji, which was shot in downtown McKinney in the 1970s. The film was commemorated with a statue earlier this year on February 12.

Other exhibits can also be found at Collin County History Museum. The Collin McKinney exhibit is an indoor gallery celebrating the life of Texas statesman Collin McKinney. There is also an outdoor exhibit called Voting in Texas, made possible through Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities under the Federal CARES Act.

Admission to the museum is free, and attendees can visit from Thursday to Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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