First things first: one of my fondest childhood memories is going to the library with my mom and siblings. Okay, I'm being a little vague. Truth be told, I could not get enough of pretty books. ( I am still that way.) I loved magical realism then–because I truly believed Kingdoms existed where animals talked to one another when us humans were not around.
I've spent more than a fair amount of time meandering the halls at the Mazza Museum. I have always liked this sign that states, "Celebrating the Art of Picture Books". My belief is that childrens picture books are the most important literary format available. The content of a picture book can be fully explained with pictures and no text at all.
Once you get beyond these doors, you will find a large variety of talented artist works on display. This includes many Caldecott Medal, Golden Kite Award, Kate Greenaway Medal, Newbery Medal and the Mazza Medallion, recipients. The displays encourage children’s literature, picture book illustrations, and language arts.
I had no idea how lovely the museum was until I first toured it. Now, I'm obsessed. This is an outstanding museum. Just OUTSTANDING. At a certain point, I become emotionally bummed about exiting these doors.
The current exhibit on display is the Enchanted Brush. There is no admission fee for viewing the exhibits in the museum, but they do accept donations.
Anyway, I don't have anything negative to say. The Mazza Museum is well worth a visit. The only real problem I have with visiting is I never want to leave.
Museum Hours of Operation
• Wednesday: Noon – 5 p.m.
• Thursday: Noon – 5 p.m.
• Friday: Noon – 5 p.m.
• Sunday: 1 – 4 p.m.
• Open other times by appointment: 419-434-5521
• Closed all major holidays
• Children under 12 admitted with adult supervision