From the Indianapolis Star:.
Unlike a museum, Slocum’s collection invites you to experience the art and science of just about every puzzle imaginable — plus many mind-bogglingly complex, unfathomably clever ones.
The wonder of having a hands-on collection lies in letting you feel the frustration of trying seemingly every solution to a puzzle — say, trying to arrange angular pieces into a T shape.
You can feel your resistance to using the clues and your curiosity growing. And then you can feel that oh-so-satisfying triumph of figuring it out (even if, OK, maybe you needed a little bit of help).
“When you solve one, you’re like, I got it! I gotta see if I can solve another one! I’m not gonna let it beat me,” said collection curator Andrew Rhoda.
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How the Lily Library Describes the Collection
The Jerry Slocum Collection of mechanical puzzles embodies a lifetime pursuit of the intriguing and the perplexing. The result is the largest assemblage of its kind in the world, with over 30,000 puzzles and 4,000 puzzle related books. Unlike word or jigsaw puzzles, mechanical puzzles are hand-held objects that must be manipulated to achieve a specific goal.