Curious George™: Let's Get Curious! at Boston Children's Museum

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Exhibit celebrating beloved character opens on February 7, 2010

A visitor hugs a full-size Curious George in the exhibit.

Based on the classic stories by H.A. and Margret Rey, the 'Curious George: Let's Get Curious!' exhibit inspires young children's natural curiosity as they explore early science, math, and engineering through hands-on interactive play

The world of Curious George, one of literature’s most beloved characters, comes to life in a new traveling exhibit at Boston Children’s Museum on February 7, 2010. In the exhibit, “Curious George™: Let’s Get Curious!,” visitors can explore the world of Curious George while also learning about science, math, and engineering. The exhibit will be at the Museum through June 6, 2010.

Based on the classic stories by H.A. and Margret Rey, the “Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!” exhibit inspires young children’s natural curiosity as they explore early science, math, and engineering through hands-on interactive play. The exhibit takes place in the neighborhood where Curious George lives with his friend, The Man with the Yellow Hat. Visitors will recognize familiar characters and places featured in the classic stories and the television series produced by Imagine Entertainment, WGBH Boston and Universal Studios Family Productions on PBS KIDS.

“Boston Children’s Museum is excited to welcome the ‘Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!’ exhibit to Boston,” said Gail Ringel, Museum vice president of exhibits and production. “One of our major goals at the Museum is encouraging early science and math learning, and we believe that this new traveling exhibit will provide our visitors with another opportunity to expand their curiosity.”

“Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!” was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum with the assistance of an expert advisory panel to the PBS KIDS series using national science and math standards for young children.

Upon entering the exhibit, visitors can experience the world of Curious George and visit many of the places featured in the books and television show:

  •     Apartment Building, where visitors operate wheels to move Curious George from window to window using a pulley, climb a fire escape and go inside the apartment to play with color, light, and shadow.
  •     Sidewalk Produce Stand, where visitors pretend to be a customer or salesperson and explore shape, sorting, weighing, and counting with fruits and vegetables.
  •     Construction Site, where visitors climb in a construction trailer, design a building, and use a variety of building materials to construct different structures.
  •     City Park, where visitors enjoy the urban green space by resting or giving a hug to a full-size Curious George.
  •     Mini Golf, where visitors use pipes, ramps, funnels, turntables, bumpers, and force to experiment with physics and engineering as they putt through three holes of mini golf.
  •     Space Rocket, where visitors climb into the rocket Curious George took on his space adventure and catch a glimpse of Curious George in his space suit.
  •     Farm, where visitors experience cause and effect and use wind power to move yard art like whirligigs, windmills, windsocks, and wind chimes.
  •     Museum Within the Museum, where visitors learn about the life and work of H.A. and Margret Rey, including their escape from France during World War II. This segment also provides a look at Curious George throughout the years.

Designed, developed and built by Minnesota Children’s Museum in partnership with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group, the “Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!” exhibit began a five-year, 20-city tour of children’s museums across the country in September 2007. The exhibit is sponsored by 3M. It is co-presented by the Curious George Fund of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston and sponsored in part by Citizens Bank and WGBH.

Hours and Admission:
The Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Fridays until 9:00 p.m. Adults, $12; children (1-15) and senior citizens, $9; children under one and Museum members are always free. Fridays 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., all visitors $1.

About Boston Children’s Museum:
Boston Children’s Museum exists to help children understand and enjoy the world in which they live. It is a private, non-profit, educational institution that is recognized internationally as a research and development center and pacesetter for children's exhibitions, educational programs and curriculum. Boston Children’s Museum incorporates two strategies – engaging families and building communities – to impact five outcome areas for children: Creative Kids, Curious Kids, Global Kids, Green Kids and Healthy Kids. More information about Boston Children’s Museum can be found at http://www.BostonChildrensMuseum.org.

About Universal Studios Consumer Products Group:
Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is responsible for global licensing and retail strategies as well as building brand recognition of the extensive catalogue of Universal properties. Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is a unit of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

About Houghton Mifflin Trade and Reference Division:
Houghton Mifflin’s Trade and Reference Division publishes adult, juvenile, and reference books. Its adult titles encompass literary fiction and a broad spectrum of nonfiction. Houghton Mifflin’s children’s lists include numerous Newberry and Caldecott Medal winners and constitute one of the richest backlists of children’s literature in the industry.

About Houghton Mifflin Company:
Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Company is one of the leading educational publishers in the United States, with more than $1 billion in sales. Houghton Mifflin publishes textbooks, instructional technology, assessments and other educational materials for elementary and secondary schools and colleges. The Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers. With its origins dating back to 1832, Houghton Mifflin combines its tradition of excellence with a commitment to innovation. The company’s web site can be found at http://www.hmco.com.

Contact:
M. Kendra Brown
617.426.6500 ext. 406
Brown(at)BostonChildrensMuseum(dot)org

Jo-Anne Baxter
617.504.5425 (cell)

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