Narnia Exhibit in Jacksonville, FL

Posted June 16, 2010 10:13 am by Tirian

NarniaWebber Jason took a tour of the Narnia Exhibit at the Jacksonville Museum of Science and History this past weekend.

Stone Lion Outside the Narnia Exhibit in Jacksonville, FL

You are greeted by two stone Lion statues guarding the entrance. I had visions of Pilgrim’s Progress here.  Once we entered the exhibit, the first thing we saw was a huge open wardrobe. When we peered inside we could see actual Lamppost surrounded by snow covered trees, beckoning us to enter.  We moved on through the display keeping to the ones along the wall and we agreed to save the ones in the middle for last. There were many costumes and props from both movies encased in glass for us to observe. Then we came to a large flat screen television showing clips from the movies, on each side of the film were two large and forbidding Centaurs clasping their enormous two handed swords providing an honor guard. We continued onward and saw numerous statues of a Minotaur and even one of Reepicheep. There were also displays of how medieval stone architecture was constructed, a suit of chain mail Telmarine armor and interactive computers that enabled us to create our own Narnian Coat of Arms.

As we made our way forward we found a large scale model of Miraz’s Castle along with a video of how the actors felt when they first arrived in the castle for filming. The detail was intricate and very well crafted. At one point I thought I actually saw furnished rooms but that might have just been wishful thinking. We were near to completing our tour around the exhibit when we happened upon a golden display of the Treasure Room. A statue of Queen Susan stood in the center and she was surrounded on all sides by golden objects glistening in the light provided by the museum. Like the rest of the exhibits, we were not permitted to photograph or touch anything in the display but they did have a few placards that asked us to find certain hidden objects in the Treasure Room, like Edmond’s Torch or one of Lucy’s model lions that represented her deep faith in Aslan.

We decided to go into the center displays next which were more costumes and models of the prominent Narnia Characters form the first movie. The first was of Jadis the White Witch’s dress she wore when she first met Edmond in Narnia and her Icicle Tiara. We were provided with facts at each site but at this one, I was informed about something that had eluded my attention to this day. The notation stated that her crown melted when Aslan returned to Narnia and spring began to grow throughout the land. I had never noticed that until I read it there but, upon reflection I discovered that to be true. The last site in the center of the exhibit was of Mr. Tumnus. They had the Actual door and window to his home. You were not permitted to enter the home but they did have other displays to compensate. There in a glass case was a replica of the makeup used to create Mr. Tumnus and some of his props. The one item that stood out for me at this site was the Arrest Warrant post to the outside wall of Tumnus’ cottage, complete with Maugrim’s signature, his paw print.

The final display, which brought us back to the entrance, was one of the best.  It was not of Narnia the enchanted land but of the man who created it, C.S. Lewis. It was entitled C.S. Lewis’ Wardrobe and it looked as if it were the very place where he wrote the books. There were not just his books in the study but other personal books from his library of Beatrix Potter and some from his very good friend J.R.R. Tolkien. I was listening to a video describing the site by none other than Douglas Gresham, Lewis’ Stepson, when I noticed a small photograph of a group of people setting on a bench and beneath the photo was one small name plate to describe what picture I was viewing, The Inklings. This was the first picture I had ever seen of this group of friends and authors that gave us Narnia, Middle Earth and much more. We finished visiting the exhibit and went on into the museum.

The Narnia exhibit itself is not very large but it is not the size or the creativity of the exhibit that makes it great but the size of the imagination of the person viewing the exhibit that matters. We were in a museum but the Narnia exhibit transported us to a magical world that had only been seen in our imaginations and televisions until that day. I guess we did step through the wardrobe after all.

Thanks Justin for the great review. We hope that anyone in the area has a chance to visit the exhibit.

32 Comments For This Story

  • Narnia-Fan1 says:

    wow first comment! I’m so sad that I’m not living there in the area, but I’m proud to be suiss! 1:0 against Spain!!!
    I’m so waiting for the trailer!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Narnia-Fan1 says:

    ¨swiss sorry xD

    • GPLovesNarnia says:

      I went to the Narnia Exhibition in Houston, which seems to have been a bit larger than this one. It was definitely the greatest day I’ve had that I can remember. I definitely recommend it to anyone.
      Anyway, I just wanted to point out that the Telmarine castle was actually the one they used for filming, especially for scenes that showed the entire castle, because, of course, they didn’t finish the actual full-size one. 🙂

      • GPLovesNarnia says:

        Sorry, I didn’t mean that to be a reply, ha ha. 🙂
        By the way, I love Switzerland!! 😀

      • Boke_Wyrm says:

        According to the exhibition web site, it is also showing at the Centre Eaton in Montreal Quebec, for June 10 through Aug 29th. That could be why this is smaller, if it’s at two different places.

  • Braden Woodburn says:

    Man I so want to go to one of those!!

  • kingTirian says:

    holy bannanas man! that is really cool…wat the heck do u mean Narnia-Fan1 when u said: -swiss sorry xD????

    on the front page it said trailer coming out in 12: something: something……that means it will be at 9 or 10 pm??

  • narniagirl399 says:

    wow. sounds really great. thanks for posting. 🙂

  • tristan says:

    te he im going next weekend!

  • Omac the centaur says:

    sweet 😀

  • Jeditrojan says:

    Awesome! I wish I could go.

  • NOTW says:

    I wish I lived in FL. The beach, the sun, & the Narnia thing! 🙂

  • Mirima Rosetrader says:

    I want to go! I live in Georgia! I’m SOOOO going to try to go!

    • Jason says:

      I live in Georgia too and it took us about 2 hours to get there. Word of advice, Stay off of I-95 when you get into the city. Go right down Main Street and turn right just after the Main Street Bridge. It is a lot less of a traffic hassle.

  • Lucy says:

    Hate to be a party pooper, but seriously, it’s "Edmund" not "Edmond"!

    (Still, cool article, I enjoyed reading it)

  • FrecklefaceJill says:

    Cool!!

    ~Jill~

  • Eustace says:

    the one in Houston was arranged differently but it had the same stuff.

  • HighQueen_Of_LanternWaste says:

    Very excited for this, I really hope I’ll be able to go sometime this summer. Big night tonight everyone!

  • pselpevensie says:

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE COME TO BOSTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Skandarlove says:

    Wow, that sounds amazing!! i would love to go and see it.
    am am still waiting for the Trailer to come ( hurry up! 😀 )

  • Narnian_Believer and Lord of the rings lover says:

    Really cool!

  • Waleed Sajjad Khan says:

    it HAS 2 come 2 chicago il it just has 2 or i will scream :O

  • Waleed Sajjad Khan says:

    Tonight guys, tonight… closer…

  • Follower of Aslan says:

    Come to Southern California!!!

  • autumnbutterfly says:

    I am so looking forward to the Exhibit making a NW appearance!
    We will travel to see it if need be. Trailer for DT is so soon I am itching to watch! I may just possibly stay up till midnight!

  • kingTirain says:

    um guys, how come the trailer of VDT is coming out in 8 hrs? i mean im in CA and right now its 4 pm….it says 8 hors..wweird…

    dont faint while watching the trailer! my brother did…actaully it was my dad who made him cuz we were watching the PC trailer and we were crowding around my cpu….we were pushing and shouing and my dad accidently elvowed adn pushed my older brother away and he fainted…hope it doesnt happen again cuz i have….4 cpu’s and 2 laptops…"grins"