The Amazing Castle


Travel back in time for some royally good fun

Enter a fanciful castle village where medieval storybook characters come to life. Using rich costumes and props, visitors take on new roles as they explore ideas related to community life. Pick vegetables in the garden and mix up a stew in the Great Hall. Become a carpenter and build a chair or patch a hole in a cauldron as a blacksmith. And sound the trumpets to wake Herald, the sleeping dragon. A magical adventure awaits!

Exhibit Details

Content Focus

Imaginative play, problem solving, economics and social studies


1,500 sq. ft.



Target Audience

Children ages 4 to 8 | Families and school groups


Tallest component is 11 ft., but can be adjusted
One truck, 12 – 4’x8′ wheeled carts

Exhibit Highlights

Some of the most popular components of the exhibit

The Great Hall

Gather eggs and vegetables from the garden, then cook a feast over a glowing fire and serve at the royal table.

The Royal Workshops

Repair and make clothing in the tailor’s workshop, build a simple table or chair using mortise and tenon construction in the carpenter’s workshop or patch a hole in a cauldron over a glowing forge in the blacksmith’s workshop.

The Dragon Tower

Match each of the castle characters with their appropriate tool or symbol to wake Herald the Dragon, who rises yawning from the top of his tower!

Playful Learning

The Amazing Castle aims to strengthen awareness among museum visitors of the roles and interconnectedness of individuals in a community through playful, imaginative activities. By transporting visitors to a castle village and immersing them a story with a full cast of characters, the exhibit:

  • Communicates and relates what it means to be part of a community through developmentally appropriate, playful experiences
  • Engages visitors in activities supporting the concept that a community is made up of many different people
  • Advances the idea that in a community, people help each other solve problems and get things done

"The Amazing Castle was a wonderful exhibit to embody what our museum is trying to do. It brings together history, education and fun hands-on activities."

-Upcountry History Museum

"Our visitors loved the castle!"

– Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County