A Real Boy: The Many Lives of Pinocchio

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, or IAMLA, is located in the historic Italian Hall, which was constructed in 1908 to serve as a gathering place for the Italian community. Today, the Italian Hall is the oldest remaining structure from Los Angeles’ Italian enclave, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A Real Boy: The Many Lives of Pinocchio explores the cultural origins, interpretations, and enduring appeal of one of the most popular characters in children’s literature. Written in 1883 by Italian author Carlo Collodi, The Adventures of Pinocchio has delighted generations. The book has been translated into over 260 languages—a number exceeded only by the Bible.

This original exhibition explores Collodi’s work and its subsequent adaptations as well as Pinocchio’s status as a cultural icon. The exhibition, designed to engage visitors of all ages, is a journey into the many incarnations of a beloved character who has left an indisputable mark on our collective imagination. Among the items on view is a first edition of The Adventures of Pinocchio, one of only six copies that remain in the world. The exhibit also explores Pinocchio as a muse in the arts and popular culture. Rare toys, costumes, and animation cels are featured along with dozens of items inspired by the naughty puppet turned real boy.

Date and time:

  • Wednesday, Nov 9, 2022 10am – 3pm
  • Thursday, Nov 10, 2022 10am – 3pm
  • Friday, Nov 11, 2022 10am – 3pm
  • Saturday, Nov 12, 2022 10am – 3pm
  • Sunday, Nov 13, 2022 10am – 3pm
  • Monday, Nov 14, 2022 10am – 3pm
  • Tuesday, Nov 15, 2022 10am – 3pm
  • Wednesday, Nov 16, 2022 10am – 3pm

Price: FREE
Phone: +12134858432

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