Visitors can explore Max's bedroom in an exhibit coming to St. Louis Public Library, similar to the one shown here.
Though it took Max “over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day” to sail between his home and where the wild things are, visitors only have to travel as far as the St. Louis Public Library to find them this fall. From Sept. 5 through Oct. 18 Central Library will host “The Art of Maurice Sendak,” which will feature a life-sized, interactive replica of the bedroom from Sendak’s beloved book, “Where The Wild Things Are.”
Visitors can lie in Max’s bed and stare at the jungle canopy overhead and set sail on a replica of the boat that took Max where the wild things are. The exhibit, which is a celebration of the book’s 50th anniversary, will also feature 50 original works of art by Sendak, as well as a selfie station and monsters hidden throughout the library.
Families are invited to join Central Library for the grand opening Saturday, Sept. 5, beginning at 10 a.m. Guests will be among the first to explore the new exhibit and will have an opportunity to meet four of the book's legendary monsters. Special programming will also be offered in honor of the exhibit at several branches of St. Louis Public Library throughout fall, including a Rumpus dance party and themed crafts. STAGES Performing Arts Academy will treat audiences to a performance of “Where The Wild Things Are” in the auditorium of Central Library at 2 p.m. Sept. 19.
Central Library is located at 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, MO, 63103. For more information and a complete calendar of events call 314-241-2288 or visit slpl.org.