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March 7, 2021
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Global Sleep Exhibit

By Alexandra Glorioso
Kids At Brooklyn Children's Museum
Photo Courtesy of Brooklyn Children's Museum

Ongoing to May 1: Sleep is universal yet mysterious. In this bilingual exhibit, Night Journeys: An Adventure into the World of Sleep and Dreams, visitors try out headrests from different cultures, climb on an oversized bed to find charms that ward off nighttime evils, submit their nightmares to the mythic Japanese dream eater Baku, re-enact bedtime rituals, and learn about dream interpretation in other parts of the world among other explorations of sleep and dreaming.

Night Journeys takes families on a fascinating journey through the world of bedtime rituals and routines and into the nighttime experience of sleep and dreams. Combining hands-on activities, collection’s objects, working models, displays, and animated video, the exhibition helps young visitors and their families improve their understanding of the sleep experience.

Visitors enter into a whimsical bedroom setting in “Bedroomland” where they are introduced to sleeping places from many parts of the world. Children of all ages can lie down on an ancient Egyptian bed or try out a headrest from Japan or Somalia. Children will be able to carry dolls in a Mexican rebozo or a Native American cradleboard.

Night Journeys: An Adventure into Sleep and Dreams is the latest exhibition in the Museum’s Chase Gallery, our new home for visiting exhibitions, generously donated by Chase. The Chase Gallery hosts a changing schedule of new traveling exhibitions from across North America every three to four months.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

145 Brooklyn Avenue


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