Beyond The Turnstile Ep. 1- Down The Rabbit Hole

Updated: May 8

We're all mad here! I tumbled down the rabbit hole at the #Upcountry #History #Museum in #Greenville, #South #Carolina for their whimsical exhibit entitled Down The Rabbit Hole: Imagining #Alice's #Wonderland.

Tumble down the rabbit hole at the Upcountry History Museum

On a sleepy Friday morning, I embarked on my journey to Greenville, #SC to see the Alice exhibit at the Upcountry History Museum. I have the little FBI agent in my phone to thank for my awareness of this event; I was presented with an Instagram story advertisement back in June. It took me a few months to make the trip, but I'm glad that I did. The drive was just over 2 hours from #Atlanta, and this was including my stop for a Chai latte (totally necessary after a 5:30 AM wake up call).

The museum itself is smaller than I anticipated, but totally worth the 10 dollar price of admission for adults. It's a quaint, 2 story museum, and it had a total of 4 exhibits when I visited. The largest exhibit spanned almost the entire first floor of the museum and is focused on the deep history and cultural roots of the Upcountry region of South Carolina-hence the museum's name.

The Alice exhibit, officially called Down The Rabbit Hole:Imagining Alice's Wonderland, is a partnership between the Upcountry History Museum, the Smithsonian Museum(only my favorite museum system ever), The Walt #Disney Family Museum(bucket list) and the Walt Disney Archives. Considering how selective the Walt Disney Archives is with lending out their artifacts, this was a rare opportunity to get a glimpse into the hallowed vault.

"If you knew time as well as I do, you wouldn't talk about wasting it..."- The Mad Hatter

The exhibit was dedicated to the history of Lewis Carrol's beloved children's book, and the way in which it has shaped public perception for over 150 years. This included artistic renderings from various artists with a Wonderland theme, and even some deeper outlook on how Alice can be interpreted as a book with many adult life implications.

Of course, considering Disney's behemoth appropriation of this classic tale, it was only fitting that a proper Alice exhibit reflect the Walt Disney canon. There was an original movie poster from the animated film.

The original animated film movie poster

The largest part of the exhibit, however, was centered around the live action, Academy Award winning film directed by Tim Burton in 2010. Props, 3D models, and most impressively, original film costumes. The level of detail that I was able to admire through the protective glass, is unparalleled. You just can't see all of this on the movie screen.

After posing for a million photos and fangirling, I explored the rest of the museum. There was an exhibit on the melting ice in the arctic, complete with several hands on fixtures that were both educational and super fun(remember, I'm 8 years old?). There was also an exhibit on veterans of war that was super compelling.

Just out here saving the polar ice caps nbd

"We're all mad here."- The Mad Hatter

Back at the entrance of the museum, there was a decent sized gift shop area. They had a good collection of Alice memorabilia. I purchased 2 stickers , because who doesn't love stickers, plus, the Red Queen and The Mad Hatter, to my pleasant surprise, were black! I also purchased a Mad Men book based on an exhibit they had at the museum last Spring. As an advertising student, I'm super bummed to learn that I missed that!

My gift shop purchases. How cute are they?!

I spent the rest of the day in downtown Greenville and the surrounding River Walk area. If you're interested in the things that I did and saw in Greenville, make sure to check out my post. If you're curious about the most amazing fried concoction I think I have ever had, that was right there in Greenville, check out this episode of Quick Bite.

Down The Rabbit Hole: Imagining Alice's Wonderland closes on October 20, 2019. So, if you're in the area, or within a short striking distance like I am, I highly recommend that you check it out! For a more detailed look at the exhibit, check out my Youtube video below and make sure to visit the Upcountry History Museum's website .

Until my next time exploring Beyond The Turnstile:

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