Museum of Math – It’s not just for kids

The Jack of Hearts Puzzle will be debuted at the Museum of Mathematics’ upcoming Tavern Night. (Photo courtesy of MoMath.)

The Jack of Hearts Puzzle will be debuted at the Museum of Mathematics’ upcoming Tavern Night. (Photo courtesy of MoMath.)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The Museum of Mathematics on East 26th Street just north of Madison Square Park (a.k.a. MoMath) is teaming up with the creators of a classic tavern game to debut the newest Tavern Puzzle this Sunday in one of their programs geared towards getting adults interested in math.

MoMath executive director Cindy Lawrence said that the Tavern Night was actually planned as an adults-only event, but when kids began expressing interest in it, Lawrence didn’t want them to be excluded.

“Initially we thought it would be fun to do a tavern night, to dim the lights and make it more of a bar theme,” she said. “But a lot of young folks love the puzzle, so we didn’t want to say they couldn’t come.”

Puzzle creators Dennis and Donna Sucilsky will debut Jack of Hearts at the event as the next in their collection of puzzles, which are all handcrafted and based on designs traditionally forged by blacksmiths. Dennis, who is a trained blacksmith, and his wife Donna will talk about how they got started with puzzling, how they make the puzzles and how they create their new designs.

Lawrence noted that one of their ongoing programs, Unbounded, is one event that is always exclusively adults.

“People who came to our Unbounded night probably wouldn’t self-identified as ‘math people,’ but it’s a night out, something different to do,” she said.
The event is mainly an opportunity for adults to experience the museum at night, she said, but she added they’re also open to advice on different activities and said that attendees have been receptive to themes, which they will be incorporating more into future events.

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