Experience the Museum

Current Special Exhibit

Wartime Escape: Margret and H. A. Rey's Journey Through France

The Wartime Escape: Margret and H. A. Rey’s Journey from France is viewable through June 20, 2015.
Beloved monkey Curious George, the main character in children’s books and animated episodes shown on PBS, almost didn’t exist. Margret and H.A. Rey, creators of Curious George, were German-Jews honeymooning in Paris in June 1940, just after Hitler commenced the invasion of France.

This exhibit chronicles the Reys’ escape from France and the Nazis. During their harrowing journey partially by bicycle, they carried with them the manuscript that would be the impetus for the mischievous primate known to generations as Curious George.

When author Louise Borden heard about the Reys’ little known story she researched their escape route and wrote a book about their extraordinary journey to freedom. This special exhibit is a visual extension of Louise Borden’s book for young readers, The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey. The exhibit is suitable for Curious George fans of all ages.


Activities for Families:

Get Curious at the Dallas Zoo, February 22, 2015; 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Location: Tiger Classroom at the Tiger Enclosure in the Dallas Zoo

In case of cold weather (50 degrees or below) one or both sessions might be cancelled. Rain will not affect the session since we will be indoors.

Session description: The Education Staff from the Dallas Holocaust Museum will lead a reading of Curious George and explain how the authors of Curious George books escaped from France during WWII. This will be followed by an educational activity in which children can explore the world of storytelling and art by drawing their own animal pictorial story. The Dallas Zoo staff will conclude with a Keeper’s Talk adjacent to the Zoo's monkey enclosures. $5.00 admission to the Dallas Zoo is required
RSVP is preferred but not required. RSVP to cdecoster@DallasHolocaustMuseum.org

Spring Break with Curious George at the Museum, March 9-13 at 11:00 a.m.

Get Curious at Klyde Warren Park, Sunday, May 3, 2015; 2 p.m.

Upstander Journey Art Competition for Student Groups: Breakfast Reception & Judging, May 10, 2015; 10 a.m.
Teacher’s Workshop: March 12, 2015. Visit our website for the start time.

Benefactor Sponsor: Fox Rothschild LLP

Friend Sponsor: Janis Levine Music Women and Children’s Endowment Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Federation

Community Partners: Dallas Zoo, Klyde Warren Park, Dallas Theater Center

This project is supported in part by an award from Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.
*Please note that the Museum’s core exhibit is recommended for children age 11 and older.
211 N. Record Street, Dallas, TX 75202 214.741.7500. DallasHolocaustMuseum.org