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Marion E. Wade Center Museum

The Marion E. Wade Center features a museum that showcases memorabilia and rotating displays which highlight selections from our collection of books, letters, manuscripts, and artifacts. Through these exhibits we invite our visitors to explore more deeply the seven authors' lives, writings, and the historical context in which they lived. Permanent pieces on display in the museum include: a wardrobe owned by C.S. Lewisdesks and pens belonging to C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, bookshelves from Charles Williams, the eyeglasses of Dorothy L. Sayers, and Owen Barfield's chess set and pipe. Museum exhibits are changed regularly so check back often.

Current Exhibits

  • "Adventures in Reading" (featuring the 7 Wade authors' books for children, and children's books they loved)     
  • "The Canterbury Festival Plays"
  • "The Wade Authors: Their Reflections on Each Other"
  • "C.S. Lewis's 'Tales of Adventure'"
  • Joy Davidman's afghan and typewriter
  • Display on C.S. Lewis's book Dymer
  • "Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald" 
  • "The Narnian Artwork of Pauline Baynes"
  • "Dorothy L. Sayers responds to scientist Fred Hoyle on BBC Radio" (interactive audio exhibit)
  • "J.R.R. Tolkien: A Film Portrait" (interactive video exhibit)
  • "Boxen: C.S. Lewis's Childhood Chronicles before Narnia" (interactive exhibit)  


Display on The Hobbit

Hobbit displayOur large-scale map of Middle-earth invites you to follow the path of Bilbo Baggins the hobbit as he travels "there and back again," charting his journey through the story of The Hobbit. Along the way you will encounter trolls, goblins, spiders, mountains, rivers, and vast forests. Watch out for Smaug the dragon! A binder of letters written by school children to characters in the book is also included. This display celebrates the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit and features artwork by author J.R.R. Tolkien.



Read the Wade's Blog

Read the Wade Center's blog "Off the Shelf" to learn more about Wade Center museum exhibits and collections, including highlights of individual artifacts.

From Purchase to Perusal: the Life-Cycle of Materials at the Wade Center

Have you ever wondered how the Wade Center and other similar libraries obtain and preserve materials for their collections? This exhibit explores the process.