Mazza Museum201 College Street
Findlay, OH 45840
419-434-4560 | https://www.mazzamuseum.org/
The Mazza Museum at the University of Findlay hosts the world’s largest collection of artwork by children’s book illustrators. The Museum promotes literacy and enjoyment of picture books by people of all ages through its permanent gallery and frequent educational events.
The Mazza Museum invites visitors to explore the diverse, world-class art of picture books in a new way through its exhibits and educational programs devoted to the artistic process of children’s book illustrators. The main gallery at the Mazza Museum displays original artwork from beloved picture books. Guests can view full-sized art pieces and corresponding children’s books, which are displayed below each piece. Many pieces also include the lifecycle of the artwork, from early concept sketch to finished, bound project. Featured artists include Eric Carle, Ashley Bryan, Patricia Polacco, and Theodor Geisel – better-known as Dr. Seuss.
The Mazza Museum offers different experiences for children, educators, and adults. Elementary-aged and older children can begin to learn art appreciation by browsing the main gallery, which is familiar from their favorite stories and designed for them. Educators can take advantage of the customizable curriculum kits that the Museum offers, while adult patrons of the museum will appreciate the complexity and variety of artwork on display. Guided tours for adults, children, or mixed groups can be arranged for a small fee by calling ahead. The Museum also offers a Resource Center with materials related to the Museum’s displays, which can be loaned to visitors.
The large meeting space inside the Fine Arts Pavilion hosts frequent educational events, including children’s art camps, weekly community programs, conferences for educators, and preschool programs. Guests can register for these special events by calling or visiting the Mazza Museum website. Visitors can also browse the Mazza Gift Shop, which offers many of the picture books on display in the museum along with educational resources and toys.
Notes for Travelers
The Mazza Museum is located inside the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion at the University of Findlay. For driving directions, use the address 201 College Street and clear signage will mark the parking lot. Guest Wi-Fi is available and requires visitors to register a free account with the University while connecting. There is a children’s play area in the loft above the main gallery that is open depending upon staff availability, so it is a good idea to call ahead.
Additional ResourcesJones, Brian Jay. Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination. London: Penguin Publishing, 2019.
Gauch, Patricia Lee, David Briggs, Courtenay Palmer, eds. Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children about Their Art. London: Philomel Books, 2007.
Marcus, Leonard S., ed. Show Me a Story!: Why Picture Books Matter. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2012.