The Dream of Wonderland: Alice turns 150

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 2:30pm - Sunday, March 27, 2016 - 2:30pm
Rosenbach house, 2008-2010 Delancey Place Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States

This fall, the Rosenbach will mark the 150th anniversary of this internationally beloved story in fantastic fashion.

Follow down the rabbit hole as they bring Wonderland to the heart of Philadelphia with a captivating exhibition and an exciting schedule of public programming exploring the many facets of this literary classic, including a pop-up display of the incredible original manuscript. Revisit the fun and fanciful characters you know and love, and learn the fascinating stories behind the story. ​​

The exhibition at the Rosenbach will immerse visitors in the imaginative world of Lewis Carroll through three distinctive parts:

Part One, Wonderland Rules: Alice at 150, will explore Alice's profound cultural legacy and the continuing impact of Carroll's famous work. Part Two, Alice in Philly-land, will shed light on the story of Alice and Philadelphia, including the internationally renowned purchase of the manuscript at auction by Philadelphia book dealer A.S.W. Rosenbach for a world-record price. Part Three, Why is a Raven like a Writing Desk? Lewis Carroll's Riddles, Puzzles and Games (running through May 15), will give visitors the opportunity to learn more about Carroll as a mathematician and puzzle lover, trying their hand at some of his mind-bending inventions in an interactive gallery.

Bringing the celebration beyond our walls and into the community, we have joined forces with a host of partner institutions for a series of programs from public croquet & live chess to film screenings and Reading Groups. Stay tuned for more…

"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.”

Event Type: 
GlobalPhilly 2017 events
GlobalPhilly™ 2015
Visual Arts