Soon you will be able to explore a Winnie-The-Pooh exhibition, the likes of which Londoners and Bostonians have loved.
We all love Winnie-The-Pooh, and for 93 years this funny and insightful little yellow bear has delighted children and adults alike. Generations of Torontonians will have read the books, penned by A. A. Milne and illustrated by E. H. Shepard. Canadians, in particular, may know that the inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh himself came from the black bears that roam across Canada, raiding beehives and sometimes frolicking in people’s backyards. [Photo: @joanne_jooyeon & @ms.stephyxo]
An exhibition with the same name opened in London, at The Victoria and Albert Museum, from 2017-18 and, although the Royal Ontario Museum has not confirmed whether or not it will contain the same features, the V&A exhibition was an absolute hit.
It looks as though there is plenty to keep kids of all ages occupied and plenty to occupy adults too, with letters and manuscripts lining the walls.
The Times newspaper commented that:
‘Most visitors will be divided into young children and those who remember the books from when they were young. There’s something for both.’
Similarly, the Telegraph has offered the following praise for the V&A exhibition:
‘It is certainly very satisfying and will be popular with grandparents (and grandchildren), and it really does make you want to return to Milne’s original material and start re-reading them all over again.’
Although not as much is known about the Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum-based exhibition, the organizers have revealed that this will be the only Canadian stop for the tour. They have also revealed that the exhibition will include: ‘original sketches, manuscripts, letters, photographs and memorabilia.’
So, if you’re curious about the men behind the creation of this timeless series, or if you once dreamt of living in the Hundred Acre Wood, you can finally, truly, immerse yourself in the world of Winnie-The-Pooh.
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