Step into the whimsical Wonderland
You have new reasons to fall down the rabbit hole. Wonderland, the highly interactive exhibition based on the well-loved story of Alice in Wonderland, has opened at the ArtScience Museum.
The exhibition, developed by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, celebrates the enduring appeal of Lewis Carroll’s novel with more than 300 artefacts on display, including sketches, rare first edition books, and original costumes worn in dramatisations of the story.
Wonderland also marries technology and fantasy in a sophisticated way to create an immersive experience of the whimsical world of Wonderland. For example, a section in the exhibition on the Mad Hatter’s tea party uses special visual effects and projection mapping to bring the party to life and make it a dazzling visual feast.
The experience, however, is also a personal one. Visitors are each given a map that is tailored to one of four characters from the book – the Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat or Queen of Hearts. With the map, visitors get to experience the show through a character’s perspective and have a more intimate experience.
Nonetheless, the spectacle and scale of the exhibition can be overwhelming. So, here are five tips to help you get the most out of your trip through the looking glass.
Don’t forget to take the Wonderland quiz to discover which character you are
Access the Wonderland quiz via the ArtScience Museum’s Facebook Messenger chatbot. After you have taken the quiz and found out which character you are most like, go to the exhibition dressed as the character for the ultimate immersive experience.
The more curious visitors are, the more they will discover.
Be adventurous, embrace the unknown
The magic of the Lewis Carroll novel lies in the way it sparks a sense of adventure and curiosity among its readers. The exhibition replicates that sense of wonder by creating whimsical surprises for visitors. So, go ahead, be curious, pull on drawer knobs and turn unexpected corners; who knows what you might come upon.
Hold on dearly to your map
Your map is more than a navigational tool, it is your passport to getting the full Wonderland experience. You will need it to unlock many immersive elements at the exhibition. And after you complete the show, there is a unique code on your map that unlocks a secret website where you can download the photos you took at the exhibition, discover behind-the-scenes material and solve a riddle.
Use your map to unlock surprises.
Look out for boards with a picture of Alice
Boards bearing the image of Alice are placed around the exhibition, and when you place your map on the board, an interesting story unfolds near you. We won’t say more, to avoid spoiling the surprise.
The craft area is not for kids only; giving it a miss would be your loss.
Help paint the roses red
In the exhibition section titled Queen’s Croquet Ground, be sure to stop by the craft table and use the materials provided to decorate the card soldier on the back of your map. Then scan your card and see if you can spot yourself among the card soldiers in the field painting the roses red.
Details about Wonderland here.