The Alice in Wonderland exhibit at the Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park gives children a glimpse into the Lewis Carroll's fantasy world. The museum, located in Memorial Hall on Avenue of the Republic in Parkside, boasts a number of “stations” for children to play at, but “Wonderland” is the only one based off of a popular children's tale.
“The children enjoy coming here and seeing the things they've read in the book, and now some of the older ones have seen the movie, so they enjoy looking at all the images that they're familiar with,” said Dan McCunney, who is assistant to the head of public relations at the museum.
Visitors start off by walking down a long ramp with many turns, where the walls are painted with images of clocks, rabbits, and other things that Alice saw when she fell down the rabbit hole. Then there is a maze of pretend green shrubbery, where visitors can have explore, and have tea with the Mad Hatter and March Hare, who are permanent molds in chairs at a table. There is even a room that “shrinks” as you walk farther in, as though you are growing like Alice did.
Ethan Chideckel and Rebecca Bleznak
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