New Museum Exhibit Explores the World of Children’s Books

From bedtime stories to exciting adventures, childhood stories leave a lasting impact on us. Read on to learn about how this physical exhibit journeys through both new and beloved children’s books.

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Ever wonder what it would be like to step into the vibrant worlds depicted in children’s books? Perhaps it was the illustrations illuminating the joys of playing with snow on a winter’s day or the warm description of sand while holding an ice cream on a bright summer’s day that continues to live in our memories. Or perhaps we journeyed alongside characters to places unknown to us, giving us a chance to learn about the beauty of places beyond our imagination. An opportunity to once again enter these exciting worlds has arrived at The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., where children and adults alike are invited to transport themselves into the pages of beloved children’s books in a new exhibit called “Building Stories.”

At its core, the exhibit showcases,

“the built environment’s role as an important, and often overlooked, character in children’s literature.”

via National Building Museum

The Built Environment’s Impact

Classics such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter are displayed in different rooms filled with interactive blocks, 3D models, maps, and activities to immerse visitors of all ages into fictional worlds. You can also take a tour around the world through alphabet books from different countries like Japan, Sweden, the UK, and more.

Through these immersive experiences, visitors are invited to see the bridge between fiction and reality. While the places depicted in these stories may not always seen in real life, the exhibit prompts visitors to explore their understanding of their own personal environments and surroundings that have shaped and continue to shape them and the people around them.

“Building Stories” seems like more than just a new exhibit — it’s a chance to explore themes of home and how the environment can shape people from a young age. Whether you’re going so that the kids in your life experience the beauty of children’s literature or you’re going to relive your childhood memories, come and check out “Building Stories” at the National Building Museum.


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