Hundreds of objects and documents from the exclusive private
collection, together with a rare collection of first editions of
his most famous works, tell the story of how Charles Dickens and
his characters became enduring cultural icons. Interactive and
multi-media displays and personal effects take visitors through a
chronological tour of the life, literature and legacy of Dickens.
View his personal traveling inkwell, take a ride in an early
century carriage, and learn about the memorable characters, stories
and themes of his famous tales through games, time period puzzles
and Dickens' own personal Facebook page.
Interactive learning centers include a barn slide, apple
orchard and chicken coop. Maggie, a life-sized
fiberglass milking cow sponsored by Golden Oaks Farm in Wauconda,
will be the focus of the new exhibit. Maggie is over five feet tall
and features a working udder that recirculates the water that