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information about visiting the museum or becoming a museum volunteer.
Our collection dates back to 1920, and includes more than 500 uniforms! Girls love the memorable experience of trying on uniforms and having vintage fashion shows with their troop.
In order to do so, you’ll also need to provide a list of the girls’ dress sizes AND waist sizes when you make your tour reservation. Uniforms are also available to loan. Check the forms at the bottom of the page.
Girls, friends, and parents are welcome to browse the hands-on exhibits and displays of unique Girl Scout memorabilia, history, games, and activities. We also have many authentic vintage Girl Scout clothing and camping items on display.
Our Archival Library holds many historical Girl Scout-related publications, handbooks, nature guides, scrapbooks, and newsletters dating back to 1912. Browse the collection for ideas for troop projects, meeting ideas, ceremony plans, and more. Photocopies of archival materials are allowed, but the actual materials do not circulate.
Choose one of the SWAPS (Small Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere) from the museum basket, and bring your own to add! Be sure to attach a pin and put your troop number and city on your SWAPS. Have fun!
Smithsonian Doll – Mabel Pain
The famous Mabel Pain doll was part of an exhibit in the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, D.C., and is now on permanent loan at the museum by Frances VanWinkle. The doll’s unique story is documented in the book, The Girl Scout Triumph, also on display.
In the early 1900s, Mrs. Pain gave the doll to her friend Elsie Jachowski who was living in Washington, D.C., and was the mother of Frances Van Winkle of Knoxville. We thank Mrs. Van Winkle for being a supporter of the museum from the beginning and for sharing this very special doll.
These portable project kits are available for volunteer checkout for a $5 fee. Check the Portable Program List for all the available topics!
Sewing Machine Rental
The museum is happy to offer a lending library of sewing machines available for girl and troop use. These are available by putting down a deposit. Check the Museum Forms below for all details.