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Minnesota Children's Museum


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.

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Storyland 1,500 sq. ft. slideshow

Storyland 1,500 sq. ft. video

panorama forthcoming...

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: Availalble by the month

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

Download an informational flyer for 500 sq. ft. Storyland.

Check on rental availability of this exhibit.

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

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
 Storyland 1: 1,500 square feetStoryland 2: 500 square feet
Presented by Link to Target's web site Link to IMLS web site
Cost Per Venue $40,000 plus inbound shipping $4,000 plus inbound shipping
Tour Schedule

Past Hosts

  • Discovery Children's Museum
  • Edventure Children's Museum
  • Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago
  • Miami Children's Museum
  • Minnesota Children's Museum
  • Mississippi Children's Museum
  • Portland Children's Museum
  • San Jose Children's Discovery Museum
  • The Building for Kids
  • The Family Museum





Current and Future Hosts

Bay Area Discovery Museum
January 17, 2015 - May 10, 2015

Crown Center Redevelopment Corporation
May 23, 2015 - September 7, 2015

Fall 2015

DiscoveryCube LA
January 16, 2016 - May 8, 2016

Available Summer 2016 and beyond

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
  • Ironworld Development Corporation, DBA
  • MN Discovery Center
  • Lake Agassiz Regional Library
  • Marshall County Early Childhood
  • Initiative/Northwest Regional Library
  • Minnesota Children's Museum of Rochester
  • Northfield Public Library
  • Redwood Area Early Childhood Coalition
  • West Learning Center
  • White Earth Tribal Council


Current and Future Hosts

Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota
January 31, 2015 – July 5, 2015

Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo
August 1, 2015 – August 31, 2015

Contact Traveling Exhibits for more information.

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

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