ELMER and Friends: The Colourful World of David McKee

Our brand new Elmer and Friends exhibition features original artwork from the Elmer series, as well as other David McKee classics, including Not Now BernardKing Rollo and Mr. Benn.

The exhibition opened February 2019 and will be available for touring from May 2020.  It is the second exhibition we have curated that features sensory elements mounted onto (or near to) framed original artworks (the first being Time to Get Up), allowing young children to explore the works not only visually, but with smells, sounds and textures of the items featured in the artwork. 

“Yesterday we visited @7Stories to check out the new David McKee exhibit. It’s brilliant with interactive units all around the room to smell, feel and hear elements from the stories. We giggled at our reflections in the mirrors, puzzled over the giant magnetic Elmer jigsaw, and LOVED all the dress up opportunities. I need to introduce the boys to Mr Benn, but they still thought the exhibit was excellent. You dress up in the costume of your choice, scan the special part on the sign, and the scene projected on the wall changes to suit your outfit! Super special.” – Visitor Feedback


River and Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames: 19 June - 19 September 2020

Dorset County Museum: 9 October 2021 - 16 January 2022

Slot available: September 2020 - June 2021

The Cooper Art Gallery, Barnsley: 26th June 2021 - 4th September 2021

Slots available: October 2021 - May 2022.

If you are a Museum, Art Gallery or other venue that is interested in hosting this exhibition, you can contact the touring department by calling 0300 330 1095 or, send us an email. 

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