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Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans

July 02, 2014
October 19, 2014

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Madeline’s publication, the New-York Historical Society honors the beloved schoolgirl and her creator Ludwig Bemelmans with an exhibition of more than 90 original artworks.


Madeline at the Paris Flower Market. TM and © Ludwig Bemelmans, LLC.

In addition to drawings from all six Madeline books, the exhibition will also feature Bemelmans' drawings of the old Ritz Hotel in New York, murals from a rediscovered Paris bistro, panels from the Onassis yacht, and a cache of fabrics based on an early picture book.

This exhibition was organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts. Support for Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans has been generously provided by Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce and The Walton Family Foundation.

Self-Guided Walking Tour of Bemelmans' New York

Explore the New York that Ludwig Bemelmans knew and loved! Artist Adrienne Ottenberg created Bemelmans' New York: A map of his favorite haunts, some still here and some departed to map significant locales in his and Madeline's New York life.


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Madeline's Tea Parties on select days from 3–5pm:

July 16 (Sold Out)
July 23 (Sold Out)
August 13 (Sold Out)
August 20 (Sold Out)
September 10 (Sold Out)
September 11 (Sold Out)
September 18 (3 pm and 4 pm)
September 24 (3 pm and 4 pm)
October 8
October 15 (3 pm and 4 pm)

$40 per child ($35 per child Member); $50 per adult ($40 per adult Member)
Includes tea party and admission to Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans
Enjoy an afternoon of teas, crumpets, and the beloved children’s book Madeline! Families will choose from a uniquely crafted menu that evokes Paris while enjoying Madeline-décor and activity placemat. Madeline stories will be read aloud, and families can then visit the special exhibition Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans.

Madeline Storytime
Tuesdays - Fridays; 11 am
Listen to the iconic lines of Madeline and meet some new Madeline characters as well in these story times. Who is the bad hat? Who rescues Madeline from the Seine? Has Madeline joined the circus? These story times are held in the exhibition's center gallery at the couch. All ages.


Family Audio Guide:

Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans Family Audio Guide
Available at all times in the exhibition
Ages 4 and up

Visitors of all ages will travel through the exhibition hearing stories about author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans. Kids can learn more about their favorite characters Madeline and Pepito the “Bad Hat” and discover many new Bemelmans characters, like Marina the seal and Noodle the dog. Listeners will discover how Bemelmans was inspired by big and small events in his own life, and by the cities he lived in. Narrated by Broadway actor and director Terrence Mann, the guide directs children through the exhibition and encourages close looking and creative responses. This audio guide includes music, sound effects, and an incredible 1954 recording of Mr. Bemelmans reflecting on his inspiration for Madeline.

Stop 2: Ludwig Bemelmans in New York
Visit the exhibition to hear more!

Creative: Tronvig Group