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Illustrations By Ridgefield's Maurice Sendak Come To New Britain Museum

Maurice Sendak's illustrations come to The New Britain Museum of America on Nov. 9.
Maurice Sendak's illustrations come to The New Britain Museum of America on Nov. 9. Photo Credit: New Britain Museum of America

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The New Britain Museum of American Art is commemorating the 50th anniversary of Maurice Sendak’s "Where the Wild Things Are" with an exhibition of work by the late Ridgefield artist. The opening reception will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 

The exhibit will be on display from Nov. 9 to Feb. 9. It will be grouped into four themes:

"Where the Wild Things Are: From Pages to Stages and Screens" will have original book illustrations, limited-edition lithographs, sculpture, opera set design drawings and movie concept sketches.

“A book is a book is a book" includes illustrations from his other books.

"Cover to Cover; Wall to Wall" highlights magazine covers, original posters and prints.

Finally, "Up-Close and Personal" features Sendak's early works.

Five Wild Things from Sendak’s children’s book, "Where the Wild Things Are," will also be let loose throughout the area. Find a Wild Thing around town and snap a photo for the Museum’s Facebook page.

On Family Day, Monday, Nov. 11, the museum will draw winners from photo submissions for three prizes, including Museum Family Memberships, at 1 p.m., in The Stanley Works Center. Check out the Facebook page for hints on where they are lurking.

On Saturday night, there will also be a special dinner at 6: 30 p.m. Admission for the meal is $50. Call the front desk at 860-229-0257, Ext. 0, for a reservation.

The museum is on 56 Lexington St., New Britain, off Route 72, southwest of Hartford. 

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 seniors, $8 students, children younger than 12 free. Regular museum hours are weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays until 8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call 860-229-0257. Maurice Sendak, a longtime Ridgefield resident, died on May 8, 2012, at the age of 83. 

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