Rhyme Around the World


This colourful, multi-sensory exhibition invites our young visitors to step straight into their favourite nursery rhymes with plenty of opportunities for play and active learning.

It comes to the museum from Seven Stories, the National Home of Children’s Books, and is open throughout the summer holidays from Saturday 22 July to Saturday 7 October.


The exhibition includes some firm-favourites such as ‘Old King Cole,’ ‘Polly, Put The Kettle On’ and ‘Hey Diddle, Diddle.’ The stories are accompanied by beautifully bright artwork from well-known illustrators including:

  • Axel Scheffler, best known for ‘The Gruffalo’, written by Julia Donaldson
  • Emily Gravett, writer and illustrator of the ‘Bear and Hare’ adventures and ‘Orange Pear Apple Bear’
  • Creator of the ‘Alfie’ series Shirley Hughes
  • Nick Sharratt, who works with Jacqueline Wilson

NEW: Rhyme Time starts in September

Every Tuesday and Thursday at 11.00 am 

Join us to explore the exhibition through singing traditional nursery rhymes featured in the exhibition (included in exhibition admission.)

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Counting out rhymes by Pippa Curnick

Pamela Zagerenski-web

Bed is too small for my tiredness by Pamela Zagarenski

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A was an apple pie by Emily Gravett

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Hush-a-bye & You are weeping by Holly Sterling

With sensory opportunities and beautiful varied work by international illustrators, there’s something here for all the family.

The exhibition comes from Seven Stories, the National home of Children’s Books, with further illustrations commissioned by Seven Stories for ‘Over the Hills and Far Away – A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes from Around the World’ collected by Elizabeth Hammill, initiator and co-founder of Seven Stories. It also includes the rare opportunity to view Harold Jones’ art from the classic Lavender’s Blue published in 1954.

Exhibition entry £2.20 pp (inc. Gift Aid, aged 2+.)