Dr. Seuss' iconic creations such as the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch and Horton are familiar to almost any parent, but now the Museum of Science and Industry is showing Seuss in a whole new light with its temporary exhibit, There's Fun to be Done! Dr. Seuss & The Art of Invention.
"MSI's core mission is to inspire people, which is just what Dr. Seuss did for millions of children and adults in his 44 books," says Jeff Buonomo, coordinator of temporary exhibits and events at MSI.
Naturally, the exhibit will feature familiar characters and even substances. Oobleck anyone? But Buonomo hopes to show visitors another side of Seuss.
"There's so much people don't know, such as the fact that he was a prolific artist, inspired by the Surrealists." His paintings, illustrations and political cartoons will line the exhibit, giving grown-ups the chance to glimpse the secret world of the man we think we know so well.
Children also will discover secrets in keeping with the messages of Dr. Seuss. To illustrate the ideas behind Horton Hears a Who, the museum will provide microscopes and materials to prove life is often more than meets the eye. Kids can also enter a Seussian storybook and find out how the artist was inspired by his own father's work at the Springfield Zoo. His characters were often the result of his unorthodox experiments in taxidermy.
From a timeline of Seuss' early life, to sculptures and even playful learning, this exhibit is built to teach, enlighten and inspire all ages.
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
See more of Alena's stories here.