Holiday Express: All Aboard to Richard Scarry's Busytown

November 1, 2019 – February 23, 2020

Holiday Express returns to New-York Historical this holiday season, reimagined to celebrate the 100th birthday of Busytown author and illustrator Richard Scarry. The installation showcases artwork and graphics of Scarry’s characters (like Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm!) from publisher Penguin Random House alongside Jerni Collection toys. Children and adults can also experience dynamic displays exploring the workings of the railroad, the services it provides, and the jobs required to keep people and goods moving. (Curated by Mike Thornton, associate curator of material culture) 

Kids hop on our custom-made Busytown vehicle-themed benches and take photos throughout the gallery with Busytown characters. Also: Pick up an "I Spy" scavenger hunt at the 77th St. entrance and take your whole family on an adventure through the exhibition. 

Check out the DiMenna Children's History Museum's December calendar for a full roster of Holiday Express programming, including a Dec. 14 & 15 visit from Huck Scarry, Richard Scarry's son, and Vacation Week events.

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Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Seymour Neuman Endowed Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.



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