Everyone’s favorite bear, Winnie-the-Pooh is coming to the High Museum with a special exhibition. It will give you the opportunity to see replicas of the original stuffed animals that inspired A.A.Milne along with a lot of other stuff from the Hundred Acre Wood.
The exhibition features more than 200 artifacts, the Atlanta Magazine reports. There are lots of classic items, props from the upcoming Christopher Robin movie and more.
The exhibit will start at the High Museum on June 3, 2018. It will be at the museum until September 2, 2018. So. you have plenty of time to plan a visit if you’re in the area.
Along with the classic props, there are also several interactive displays and attractions. There are also some visual media and lots of other cool stuff.
The museum has also given some interesting facts about Pooh and his friends. They are for sure going to make you want to visit them even more:
- Winnie-the-Pooh was originally illustrated in black and white, but Shepard added color to the images in the 1960s and ’70s.
- The oldest merchandise on display are Teddy bears from the early 1900s that may have been a model for Shepard’s drawings.
- The pencil sketches often show Shepard working out an idea of growing up, such as a 1928 drawing from The House at Pooh Corner of Christopher Robin peeking over the edge of a bridge while Pooh remains at foot-level.
- From Pooh-themed Vans sneakers to sake cups, Pooh merchandise—which existed since the first book—exploded after Disney acquired the rights in 1961.
- Pooh’s home, the Hundred Acre Wood, was based off England’s Ashdown Forest, which Milne explored with the real Christopher Robin and his toys. Shepard based his sketches off the forest.
- Running concurrently with the exhibition is a musical, Winnie-the-Pooh, at the Alliance Theatre next door, the third collaboration between the theater and the museum in the children’s literature series.
- Pooh is considered a philosopher, and the books are often graduation gifts, says Colussy-Estes. “People see Pooh as a totem for that transition from childhood to adulthood. Like a Teddy bear kids take to college, the books and characters are lifelong companions.”