24 July 2017

Peter Rabbit at the River & Rowing Museum

This summer families visiting the River & Rowing Museum in Henley on Thames will be in for a real treat, as Peter Rabbit and his friends take over the Museum!

Bunnies will be bouncing all over the museum, as Peter Rabbit hops, skips and jumps right off the page in an interactive exhibition about Beatrix Potter’s most famous creation.

Generations of children have grown up with Peter Rabbit, from reading the original tales to watching the current TV animation.  This exhibition looks at Peter across the ages, and includes original artworks, first editions and early Peter Rabbit merchandise.

The exhibition spreads throughout the building, and in the family gallery on the first floor of the Museum, visitors will be able to help Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle hang up the laundry or visit Mrs. Rabbit in her burrow!  Children can dress up as Peter, curl up with a book in the story corner or enjoy planting carrots in Mr. McGregor’s garden.  Families can explore the outside space with a special trail and venture into Mr McGregor’s Garden for sand and water play!

The Museum has worked with a number of local schools who have been busy planting vegetable seeds for Mr. McGregor’s Garden.  The schools will be visiting the Museum on 22 & 23 June to plant their seedlings and the resulting harvest will be donated to local foodbank the One Can Trust in the autumn.

Visitors to the Museum can also enter a miniature letter writing competition, and win exclusive Beatrix Potter prizes.

The exhibition has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, who generously awarded the Museum a grant of over £17,000.

Natalie Patel, Head of Collections & Exhibitions, said:  “We are really excited to be putting together such an exciting exhibition for our visitors.  The beautiful illustrations by Beatrix Potter serve as the perfect back drop to inspire children to unleash their creativity.  We hope that visitors will enjoy our summer of family fun, there is so much to see and do!  We are very grateful for the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, which has enabled us to create a “Mr. McGregor’s garden” outside the Museum to explore current environmental issues.  The grant has also enabled us to include more activities for families and help Peter Rabbit come to life for the next generation.”

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