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Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™

Attract Visitors with this Groundbreaking Early Literacy Exhibit

New 500 square foot size available for a limited-time national tour!

In this highly immersive and engaging exhibit, families discover the joy and power of reading at any age. Imagine your visitors stepping into the world of their favorite storybooks — building a snowperson and making snow angels in The Snowy Day, tucking in Peter Rabbit, and finding Spot.

Exhibit experiences including matching, rhyming, poetry and storytelling all help set the foundation for becoming literate by encouraging children to love books, learn words, tell stories, read everything, know letters, and hear sounds.

Featured books in the 1,500 square foot exhibit are The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Abuela by Arthur Dorros, Tuesday by David Wiesner, and Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill. The 500 square foot exhibit includes The Tale of Peter RabbitThe Snowy Day, and Where’s Spot?

Host benefits include:

  • Strong potential for local funding due to growing national interest in supporting early literacy
  • The first traveling exhibit to focus content and multi-layered messaging on six essential pre-reading skills defined by the Every Child Ready to Read parent education initiative
  • Easy-to-store wheeled carts (1,500 sq. ft. carts are collapsible)
  • Modular and easily adaptable to a variety of gallery layouts
  • Instant email capture and visitor engagement exhibit kiosk (1,500 sq. ft. only)
  • Top-notch educational, marketing and installation materials
  • Responsive support from experienced staff
  • Messages geared toward adults to support continued learning at home

Content: Early literacy

Target Audience: Ages 6 months to 8, families and school groups

Languages: Text graphics are in English and Spanish

1,500 sq. ft. Venue Length: 3-4 months
500 sq. ft. Venue Length: Available by the month


Download an informational flyer for 1,500 sq. ft. Storyland (PDF)
Download an informational flyer for 500 sq. ft. Storyland (PDF)

Check on rental availability of this exhibit…

BOOK TODAY! Contact Amber Stevenson, Traveling Exhibits Manager by calling 651-225-6053 or contact us.

“Storyland is a high-quality, well-constructed exhibit that was both mission-based and attraction-centered for the Mississippi Children’s Museum. It offered our community an opportunity to focus on early reading. Parents particularly loved interacting with familiar elements from their own childhood. Minnesota produced a winner with Storyland.”

Alicen Blanchard, director of education, Mississippi Children’s Museum

Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites is very much like a really great picture book. It has a strong storyline, reads well, and has vibrant, engaging images. It also shows the critical piece readers bring to books and stories to make them powerful and memorable. The parent-child reading relationship may actually be the exhibit’s true audience. This is an important and well-informed approach that supports engaging both children and adults intentionally, fully, and actively.”

Jeanne Vergeront, museum planner

1,500 square foot Tour


$40,000 plus inbound shipping

Past Hosts

  • Bay Area Discovery Museum
  • Crown Center Redevelopment Corporation
  • DiscoveryCube, Los Angeles
  • Discovery Children's Museum
  • Edventure Children's Museum
  • Koch Family Children's Museum of Evansville
  • Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago
  • Miami Children's Museum
  • Minnesota Children's Museum
  • Minnesota Children's Museum, Mall of America
  • Mississippi Children's Museum
  • Portland Children's Museum
  • San Jose Children's Discovery Museum
  • The Building for Kids
  • The Family Museum
  • Upcountry History Museum

Current and Future Hosts

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
January 21, 2017 - May 7, 2017

Please Touch Museum
May 27, 2017 - September 10, 2017

Available Fall 2017 and beyond

500 square foot Tour


$1,500 plus inbound shipping for one month
$4,000 plus inbound shipping for three months

Past Hosts

  • Becker County Historical Society
  • Carver County Historical Society
  • Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota
  • Duluth Children's Museum
  • Duluth Public Library
  • Elk River Area Early Childhood Coalition
  • expERIEnce Children's Museum
  • Geneva History Museum
  • Ironworld Development Corporation, DBA
  • Lake Agassiz Regional Library
  • Marshall County Early Childhood Initiative/Northwest Regional Library
  • MN Discovery Center
  • Minnesota Children's Museum of Rochester (x2)
  • Northfield Public Library
  • Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo
  • Redwood Area Early Childhood Coalition
  • West Learning Center
  • White Earth Tribal Council

Current and Future Hosts

The Runestone Museum
December 9, 2016 - March 17, 2017

Lyon County Historical Society
April 3, 2017 - June 26, 2017

Children's Discovery Museum, Golden Crescent
July 22, 2017 - September 10, 2017

Available mid-September 2017 and beyond

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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