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6 Museums Dedicated To Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, And More Of Your Kids’ Favorite Authors

Raising a brood of book-obsessed kids? While you can’t take your little bibliophiles to visit Narnia or on a tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory (…yet) there are plenty of attractions that bring children’s books — and their characters, authors, and watercolor worlds — to life. From the forthcoming Amazing World of Dr. Seuss to a real-life version of Peter Rabbit’s garden, these 7 locations let your little kids step through the pages of their favorite storybooks.

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss

Springfield, MA

If you run, or if you flip, this world of fun will be worth the trip! (Nailed it.) Set to open this summer, this 3,200 square foot addition to The Springfield Museum will feature an interactive exhibition dedicated to the work and life of one Ted Geisel. Literacy-forward exhibits, a re-creation of the good doctor’s studio, plenty of rhyming games await and – of course – an entire room of kooky hats and props. There’s also an in-depth look at the nearby Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, which features statues of The Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, and The Lorax for your kids to meet. Learn More Here

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Amherst, MA

The author of such books as The Very Hungry Caterpillar founded this museum with his wife as a way to celebrate the art of the picture book. Exhibits change regularly, but some of the past have featured the work of Dr. Suess and Maurice Sendak. The museum also features a studio where kids tackle exhibit-inspired art projects. Current exhibits include a 50th-anniversary celebration of Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? and on the little-known early 20th century picture book creator Brinton Turkle. Learn More Here

Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

Buckinghamshire, England

Unfortunately, there’s no real life magical chocolate factory or giant, seafaring peach to visit. You can visit the Dahl museum, however, which exists in the actual house where the author lived and wrote for nearly 40 years. Visitors are greeted by a plaque that reads: “It is truly swizzfiggingly flushbunkingly gloriumptious”, and are whisked into a world of interactive exhibits and fun facts about Dahl and his books. Here’s one: He ate a chocolate bar every day and added the wrapper to an ever-growing ball, which is on display. Learn More Here

The World of Beatrix Potter

Bowenss-on-Windermere, England

For families who want to quaint the town red with their kids (sorry), there are few places finer than this attraction dedicated to the author behind such oh-so-British characters as Peter Rabbit. It’s made up of 8 distinct areas, each of which centers around her countryside characters. Right-from-the-page scene recreations (including a scale model of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle’s kitchen) and a lush garden filled with characters from Peter Rabbit await, as does the award-winning café that specializes in (what else) scones. Learn More Here

Hans Christian Andersen reading to children

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Hans Christian Andersen Museum

Solvang, CA

Yes, this great little museum dedicated to everyone’s favorite 3-named author (no offense, William Carlos Williams), features exhibits and displays of rare first-edition books, as well as illustrations, unpublished stories, and photographs of his works. But one of the biggest reasons to visit this tribute to the author of The Ugly Duckling and Little Mermaid is that it lies in the heart of Central California’s wine country — and is the same place Sideways was filmed. Meaning, you and your special someone can enjoy a bottle of wine afterward. But absolutely no merlot. Learn More Here

Greisinger Museum

Jenins, Switzerland

Sure Hobbiton in New Zealand, where much of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy was filmed, has the catchy name and cache. But the Greisinger is for real Hobbit-heads. Opened by a former fund manager – who many believe has the world’s largest collection of Middle Earth memorabilia – the 36,000 square-foot museum features 12 rooms, each one representative of a different location in Tolkien’s fantasy world. Kids can wander through hobbit holes and cast their gaze on relics from Mordor. Just make sure they don’t steal any gold rings. Learn More Here