This commemorative exhibit immerses visitors in the imaginative world of Lewis Carroll through three distinctive parts. "Wonderland Rules: Alice at 150" will examine the character's cultural legacy and the continuing impact of Carroll's famous book. "Alice in Phillyland" will highlight the book's connections with the city, including dealer A.S.W. Rosenbach's purchase of the manuscript at auction. Part three, "Why is a Raven like a Writing Desk? Lewis Carroll's Riddles, Puzzles and Games," gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about Carroll as a mathematician and puzzle lover, trying their hand at some of his mind-bending inventions in an interactive gallery.
Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) acquired his first camera in 1856 and although photography was a fairly new pastime for amateurs, he quickly became an expert in this field. His photographs of Victorian children are the main source of his reputation as a photographer. It was through photography that he first met the child who would inspire him to write "Alice in Wonderland": young Alice Liddell, the daughter of Oxford Dean Henry Liddell. This exhibition explores the relationship between Dodgson and Alice, addresses his photographic processes, comments on Victorian norms of class and childhood, and brings together his sitters' recollections of their photographer, giving the visitor better insight into the creative mind of the author.