O Museum Adds More Curiosity with New ‘Through the Looking Glass’ Art Exhibit

Alice in Wonderland sculpture by Robert James Workshop at O Museum at the Mansion. Image credit: Kate Michael

“Curiouser and curiouser!” — Alice, Alice in Wonderland

The absolute most perfect exhibit just opened at DC’s enigmatic O Museum in the Mansion, a five-townhouse historic venue and independent non-profit museum that houses a veritable treasure trove of art, music, sports, and film memorabilia, located on O Street in DC’s West End neighborhood.

Through the Looking Glass in our Secret Gardensan artistic ode to Alice in Wonderland, features sculptures and hand drawings by Robert Ellis and James Coplestone of Robert James Workshop of West Dorset, UK. And the artists traveled across the pond — and possibly down the rabbit hole — to bring a spellbinding journey through the pages of classic children’s literature to DC.

Original drawings by James Copleston of Robert James Workshop on display at O Museum at the Mansion. Image credit: Kate Michael

A permanent collection of original Robert James Workshop sculptures, as well as a series of limited edition James Coplestone colored illustrations of The Barefoot King are now set-up amidst the Mansion’s own maze of secret passageways, unique items, and historic treasures.

“When I used to read fairy tales, I fancied that kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!” — Alice.

And guests to the Mansion find themselves in the middle of a fairy tale as well, touring the bewildering 100-room Bed & Breakfast/event space/artistic asylum in search of its secrets and finding their whimsy along the way.

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where—” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“—so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

Barefoot King sculpture by Robert James Workshop. Image credit: Kate Michael

The latest exhibit perfectly pairs with the Mansion’s imagination stimulation. Handcrafted creations captured in stunning bronze, including Lewis Carroll’s Alice, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, and Cheshire Cat (and many other storybook surprises) can now be experienced… and like just about everything else in the Mansion, are available for purchase if they strike your fancy… as you lose yourself in all there is to find!

“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

Though at the Mansion, it seems the curiosity never stops.

Through the Looking Glass will be on view at O Museum in the Mansion until further notice.