Opening September 2017
The insatiable curiosity of Curious George – the little monkey who has captured the imagination and hearts of millions of children and adults for 65 years – comes to life September 2017, at Minnesota Children’s Museum. The new exhibit, Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!, will introduce young children to Curious George’s world and lead visitors on a fun, meaningful interactive math, science and engineering-based adventure.
“A Curious George exhibit targeted to children ages three through seven can augment learning in this critical time period,” said Sarah Caruso, Minnesota Children’s Museum President. “The science and math activities in the exhibit will provide a rich and meaningful context in which these skills can be learned and developed in a fun and engaging way.” Click here for a brief video of the exhibit!
Based on the familiar characters in H.A. and Margret Rey’s classic stories published by Houghton Mifflin, the new Curious George exhibit inspires young children’s natural curiosity as they explore early science, math and engineering through hands-on interactive play. The immersive exhibit environment 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 that airs on PBS KIDS® (check local listings) and recently received its first Daytime Emmy Award-nomination for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program.
The exhibit’s content is based on educational standards developed by Minnesota Children’s Museum and an expert advisory panel to the PBS KIDS series, as well as national science and math standards for young children.
Designed, developed and built by Minnesota Children’s Museum in partnership with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group, Curious George: Let’s Get Curious! is on a tour of museums and science centers across the country. The Museum has designed and built numerous exhibits including Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog, The Amazing Castle, Go Figure and Geo-Zoooom that travel to children’s museums and libraries throughout North America.
Inside the Exhibit
Operate wheels to move Curious George on pulleys from window to window. Climb the fire escape and climb inside to play with color, light and shadow.
Sidewalk Produce Stand
Play customer or salesperson and explore shape, sorting, weighing and counting with fruit and vegetables.
Climb into the construction trailer and design a building, then make use of a bounty of building materials and get to work constructing different structures while using machines to move materials.
Enjoy the urban green space: rest or give a hug to a full-size Curious George and take a picture! Our youngest visitors will enjoy our busywall activities for babies and toddlers.
Use pipes, ramps, funnels, turntables, bumpers and force to experiment with physics and engineering as you putt through three holes of mini golf.
Climb into the rocket Curious George took on his space adventure! Catch a glimpse of George in his space suit then take a picture from the control station and e-mail it home.
Take a vacation to the country and visit the farm. Experience cause and effect and use wind power to move yard art like whirligigs, windmills, windsocks, and wind chimes. Build your own whirligig or windsock and care for the farm animals.
About the CURIOUS GEORGE television series
CURIOUS GEORGE is an animated preschool television series that airs within the PBS KIDS hosted preschool block, and is based on the literary classic. In the series, Curious George uses his insatiable curiosity as a way of acquainting preschoolers with key concepts in math, science, and engineering. George’s memorable (mis-)adventures—from dismantling clocks to rounding up errant bunnies—offer a perfect vehicle for motivating kids to expand their own investigations of the world. William H. Macy narrates.
CURIOUS GEORGE is a production of Imagine Entertainment, WGBH Boston, and Universal Studios Family Productions. Executive producers are Ron Howard (Imagine), Brian Grazer (Imagine), Ellen Cockrill (Universal), Carol Greenwald (WGBH), David Kirschner and Jon Shapiro. Funding for CURIOUS GEORGE is provided by public television viewers. Corporate funding is provided by Shea Homes. The CURIOUS GEORGE Web site is pbskids.org/curiousgeorge. Curious George and related characters, created by Margret and H.A. Rey, are copyrighted and trademarked by Houghton Mifflin Company and used under license. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP. Television series: © 2007. Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.