A royal-sized adventure awaits visitors to the Upcountry History Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, as The Amazing Castle exhibition transports them to a time of kings, queens, knights and dragons when it opens on January 25, 2020.
This distinctively interactive bilingual (English and Spanish) exhibition showcases a 2,000-square-foot medieval community where visitors become inhabitants of the castle village, exploring life in a castle as they imaginatively transform themselves into different storybook characters. Through a combination of exhibit design, the storybook characters, hands-on activities, costumes and props, The Amazing Castle provides all the elements of creative learning. From the seamstress to the carpenter, the blacksmith to the court jester, or the cook to the dragon tamer, each character plays a special role in discovering the interconnectedness of this village life inspired by fantasy and history.
On display through May 10, 2020, The Amazing Castle is filled with opportunities for storytelling, problem-solving and inventive play. Its shared display areas are designed to support tangible life lessons of sharing, respecting and helping others, as well as how to work together, be responsible and believe in yourself. In addition, the exhibition, designed specifically for children ages 2 to 10, focuses on promoting literacy, inspiring imaginations and strengthening awareness of the value of cooperation and community.
The timeless lessons and multi-generational appeal of The Amazing Castle support adult-child engagement and a child’s growth in 21st-century skills which will help lay a foundation for success in life, school and work.
The Upcountry History Museum is located at 540 Buncombe St., in Greenville, S.C. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit www.upcountryhistory.org.