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Upcoming children’s exhibit encourages imagination

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is proud to announce its next seasonal exhibit, Once Upon a Time … Exploring the World of Fairy Tales, opening Feb. 2, 2019, in the Bickel Gallery in the Mississippi River Discovery Center.

Presented by American Trust, premier corporate sponsor, and Telegraph Herald, premier media sponsor, Once Upon a Time .... Exploring the World of Fairy Tales is a collaborative effort of the St. Louis Public Library and the Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum and is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services. This immersive children’s exhibit explores seven fairy tales from around the world in fun and dynamic ways. The exhibit will run during the River Museum’s spring and summer season through Sept. 8.

Children will enter the fairy tale worlds of Beauty and the Beast, Lon Po Po, Anansi and the Talking Melon, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Thumbelina, and The Elves and the Shoemaker. Throughout each story, children will have an opportunity to try on costumes and interact with scenes from the stories.
Once Upon a Time will open at the River Museum on Feb. 2 and 3 with a Friends and Family Fairy Tale Weekend. Members and children under three are free, and all general admission tickets are just $10 each. Children are encouraged to dress in costume and meet fairy tale favorites both days.

“Fairy tales are much more than children’s stories, they are a window into the history and cultures of the societies that created them,” said Kurt Strand, president and CEO of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. “Our mission is to inspire stewardship by creating educational experiences where history and rivers come alive. We are very excited to bring in this exhibit, which brings the cultures that inspired these stories to life, the same cultures that settled along the Mississippi River and developed our own national identity.”
To coincide with Once Upon a Time, the first Saturday of each month will feature a special craft and STEM activity coinciding with a story from the exhibit. For times and details, visit

Once Upon a Time is included with general admission to the Museum & Aquarium. Members and children under three are free daily, and tickets are available at the box office or at this link. American Trust is the premier sponsor for the event. The Telegraph Herald is the premier media sponsor, along with KCRG-TV and Townsquare Media as lead media sponsors for this exhibit.