Gallery of Fine Art | Dr. Seuss Hat Show
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Dr. Seuss Hat Show

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! — National Touring Exhibition

Dr. Seuss’s private hat collection to tour for the first time in history!

hat-picWilmington, NC – Few authors are better known than Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, yet, to this day, his Secret Art and his fantastical Hat Collection are virtually unknown to the general public. Throughout his lifetime, Ted Geisel created paintings and collected hats which he secreted away in a hidden closet at the Dr. Seuss Estate. This is the first time ever that Dr. Seuss’s hats have ever traveled outside his home.

In honor of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, a special Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! exhibition has been mounted that combines these two secret collections. Audrey S. Geisel, the widow of Dr. Seuss, has generously opened up the Estate’s legendary “hat closet” to allow the public a peek at Dr. Seuss’s hat collection. These hats, along with the Secret Art, will travel the country and visit select venues throughout the next year.


Donations and money raised through raffle ticket purchases will benefit the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Click here to learn more about Mitochondrial Disease.


Opening Reception
at the Gallery of Fine Art
Friday Sept. 18 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Don your zaniest hat and join us for an evening with Bill Dryer, Collection Curator, as he presents the Life & Art of Dr. Seuss.

Register at the Gallery of Fine Art to win one of 3 Seuss Limited Edition Prints or one of the fabulous gifts from our donors. Entries are accepted September 18 – October 11 and the drawing will be help October 12th at Noon.

Prize will be given for the most unique hat and a special appearance by the Cat in the Hat!


Key Links

Watch the documentary on the World of Dr. Seuss

New York Times Article:

New York Public Library Debut:

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss Exhibition site: