Little Red Riding Hood Display at National Museum of Play

National Museum of Play News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

September 19, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359,
Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Little Red Riding Hood Storybook Display
Opens Saturday, October 13
at the National Museum of Play®

My,what big eyes you have! The better to visit the Little Red Riding Hood storybook display opening Saturday, October 13 at the National Museum of Play at The Strong®. The tale of the little girl in the red cape who meets a very hungry wolf springs to life in a three-dimensional display based on artist Nancy Wiley’s new, lavishly illustrated version of the classic fairy tale.

On view are Wiley’s whimsical, hand-crafted dolls and the hand-painted scenery and backdrops she used as stage sets for her book’s vibrant photo illustrations. Photo enlargements from the pages of Wiley’s book (pictured at right) are also featured; and unique fairy-tale items from the museum’s renowned collections, including historic versions of Little Red Riding Hood, complement the display.

On Saturday, October 13, enjoy the following Little Red Riding Hood events:

  • Meet the Author: Meet Wiley, get her autograph, and enjoy short videos documenting the book’s creation process from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Copies of Wiley’s book will be available for purchase in the museum’s Everything for Play! shop. (Wiley returns for a second appearance on Monday, November 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) 
  • Imaginative Theater Play: Kids can pretend to journey through the woods to Grandmother’s house by participating in Little Red Riding Hood skits led by museum staff at 11 a.m., noon, and
    1 p.m. Or, grab a cape, picnic basket, hunter’s vest and other colorful costumes and act out the tale using puppets in the museum’s Kid to Kid theater.
  • Paper-Doll Making: Embellish your own Red Riding Hood or Wolf paper dolls (designed by the author).

The Little Red Riding Hood storybook display remains on view through January 5, 2013.

All Little Red Riding Hood activities are included with general museum admission fees.

About Nancy Wiley

Nancy Wiley is a nationally recognized doll artist and painter. Her creations include whimsical doll figures made of paper clay or porcelain, figurative sculpture, mixed media pieces and paintings. Her work, inspired by fine art, mythology and fairy tales, is exhibited in museums and galleries and sold to private collectors. Her prolific career spans more than two decades.

According to Wiley, “My artistic journey has certainly followed a circuitous route. I was sidetracked from my initial interest in children's illustration when I apprenticed my brother, William Wiley (a very talented doll artist who passed away in 1991). Bill encouraged me to try "his" medium and I was captivated. The way I bridge the gap from painting on a flat canvas to creating an art doll is to view the doll as a 3D canvas. I paint features in oil as I would for a portrait and I believe this is one of the small differences that define my style. When I recently photographed my work to serve as illustrations for the classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland storybook, I felt I had come full circle.”

Learn more about Wiley at:


Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to
8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Admission Fees: General Admission (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®):Adults $13, Seniors $12, Children (2–15) $11, Children younger than two free, Museum members free. (Note: Prices are subject to change.)

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $2 for members, $4 for nonmembers; children under 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only.

Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.