THEN: In 1948, the rattlesnake display complete with guest interaction became an instant hit at the House of Yesterday.
NOW: More than 60 years later, the Hastings Museum, as it is now known, still displays that same exhibit just off the main entrance to the Diorama Hall on the museum’s main level.
The display is a large wood box on a pedestal with benches around it.
Peering into the glass, visitors see an adult rattlesnake surrounded by 16 baby rattlers.
For many, it’s not the snakes themselves but the interactive button that draws them to the exhibit.
The display was installed in 1948 and doesn’t have flashing lights or digital displays that are commonplace in many museums, but museum director Becky Matticks said the rattlesnake display is still a big draw today.