If you go down to Portsmouth City Museum tomorrow, you’re sure of a big surprise.
For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain because... tomorrow’s the day the Teddy Bear Story arrives in Portsmouth.
This free exhibition was curated by the V&A Museum of Childhood in London and features nearly 150 teddy bears.
It includes rare and diverse examples, as well as teddies from books, films and television programmes, plus teddy bear merchandise.
It explores the history of the bear, arguably the most popular and universally loved toy in the world, though – surprisingly – teddies have only been around since 1902.
The exhibition also includes a special Three Bears play house and activity area for family fun.
Plus, the museum has a series of free special events planned to coincide with the Teddy theme.
The first, tomorrow, is a Bear Hunt for children aged five to 11. It takes place at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2pm.
Youngsters can bring their own teddies to the 30-minute guided tour with a difference.
The Bear Hunt will also take place on Wednesday, May 29. But places are limited, so advance booking on (023) 9282 7261 is recommended.
Then, on Tuesday, it’s time for Teddy Bear Tales.
This storytime for pre-school children will feature stories about some of the world’s favourite bears.
There’s no need to book for these sessions which also take place on Tuesdays on April 16, May 21 and June 18.
Finally, Thursday, April 4, will see the museum host a bear-related Easter holidays activity for families.
Teddy Bear Puppets runs from 1pm to 3pm.
Here, families can make a puppet inspired by their favourite teddy or one of the bears on display in the museum.
It’s a drop-in activity suitable for children aged three to eight, but older brothers and sisters are welcome to join in.
Outside the times of these special events, families can drop in and see The Teddy Bear Story at the City Museum, Museum Road, until September 15 any day but Mondays.
It’s open 10am to 5pm from Tuesday to Sunday.
See portsmouthmuseums.co.uk or call (023) 9282 7261, to find out more.