Curious George, the inquisitive little monkey that’s captured children’s hearts and imaginations for 77 years, will spend his summer at the Upcountry History Museum –Furman University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, in the special exhibition “Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!” now through Sept. 24.
This uniquely interactive exhibition is set in the neighborhood where Curious George lives with his friend, The Man in the Yellow Hat, and opens doors of discovery so that children’s natural curiosity will be rewarded as they explore familiar buildings and locals from the popular Curious George books by H.A. and Margret Rey and the Public Broadcasting Service television series.
"Just like George, kids have a natural curiosity about the world around them, and what better way to learn more than actually getting hands-on and figuring out what things are, how they work, and why they are a part of our everyday lives," said Kristen Pace, community engagement coordinator for the museum. "The exhibit undoubtedly helps to satisfy that curiosity, giving kids and families the opportunity to visit various places in George’s neighborhood, from his apartment building and a nearby construction site to the community park and a sidewalk produce stand. They can even go out to the farm and learn the importance of wind power."
Designed and developed in partnership with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group, the bilingual (English and Spanish) “Let’s Get Curious” exhibit immerses visitors into a world of learning, entertainment and adventure.
Emphasizing early STEAM concepts – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math – the interactive nature of this three-dimensional exhibit helps bring to life features such as an Apartment Building, Sidewalk Produce Stand, Construction Site, City Park, Mini Golf Course, Space Rocket, Farm, and a Museum Within the Museum; each filled with its own distinctive hands-on activities that encourage creativity, problem solving and initiative.
Pace said special programming will also be offered this summer to complement the exhibit, including story times with George himself.
The Upcountry History Museum is located at 540 Buncombe St., Greenville. Summer hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $7 for senior adults and college students, $6 for children and teens ages 4 – 18, and free for children 3 and younger.
For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit www.upcountryhistory.org.