HOURS: FRI-SUN 12:00-4:30 or By Appointment

Past exhibits

Special Exhibitions Gallery


Ritual Masks and Figures of Mexico from the Althouse Collection


First Floor


December 29 - February 22
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 12:00-4:30

This exhibition presents antique masks and figures used by Mexican indigenous people in their centuries-old religious dances and ceremonies.  Selected pieces are remnants of pre-Hispanic deity worship and present animals, people, and imaginary beings often used to petition rain and abundant harvest and also to tell exaggerated and embellished historical accounts.  More information about these dances, ceremonies and mask making in general can be found with the exhibit during its time at the museum.

The Althouse Collection was established by the late Thomas and Charlotte Althouse of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, who extensively collected antique masks and carved figures during their travels and residence in Mexico during the 1950s and 1970s.  The collection passed on to their son and daughter-in-law Stephen and Jody Althouse of Centre County who have expanded the collection with antique Hispanic carved religious figures, additional ritual masks, artifacts, and primitive jewelry through travels in Mexico, South America, Spain and North Africa.

Stephen Althouse is a contemporary exhibiting artist whose artwork is in museum collections throughout North America, Europe, and South America, and Jody Althouse is the Director of the Office for the Prevention of Interpersonal Violence at Juniata College.