The Slocum Puzzle Foundation

Objectives and Activities 

The Slocum Puzzle Foundation was established on August 10, 1993 as a nonprofit public benefit Corporation. It has been approved by the State of California and the U.S. Government as a charitable and educational Foundation.

The purpose of the Foundation is to educate the public on puzzles, their history, development, and use in various cultures of the world. The Foundation actively supports the use of puzzles for education.

The Foundation educates the public on puzzles through:

- Puzzle exhibitions at museums, libraries, universities, and primary and secondary schools, with emphasis on interactive, hands-on puzzles.

- Puzzle exhibitions and demonstrations have been supported at the Katonah Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, The Saint Louis Science Center, The Lilly Library at Indiana University, many other art and science museums and public libraries and schools.

- Publication of books, compendiums, and research papers on puzzles, including the Anchor Puzzle book, the 15 Puzzle book and Puzzles from Catel’s Cabinet and Bestermeier’s Magazine 1785 to 1823.

- Supporting and encouraging study and research of the history, development, and use of puzzles in various cultures of the world.

- Supporting and encouraging communication among puzzle experts, educators, historians, and the public through meetings, publications, exhibitions, Radio, and Television appearances.

- Building and maintaining a collection of puzzles and a library to support these activities and to be available for puzzle exhibitions, education, research and study. (See photos below)  

- Supporting the International Puzzle Parties, an annual international gathering of puzzle collectors, designers and manufacturers held in the United States, Europe and Asia on a three year cycle.  

Slocum Puzzle Museum

Virtual tour of Slocum Puzzle Museum


  • Click where you want to go
  • Click the doors to open them
  • Click the highlighted shelves to Zoom in

We are interested in suggestions of projects to support exhibitions, publications, research and educational activities. Volunteers to help with the activities of the Foundation are welcome.

We would welcome and very much appreciate donations of:

Puzzles: Email for details

Puzzle literature: Email with any offer

Financial support: For how to donate email:

All puzzle, literature and financial donations are deductible from California and US Federal income taxes.


Jerry Slocum, President


The Slocum Puzzle Foundation ● 257 South Palm Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 U.S.A.