Paula Wilson at The New York Botanical Garden


May 18–October 27, 2024

It’s unbelievable, it’s unfamiliar, it’s NYBG like never before! Wonderland: Curious Nature celebrates the beloved children’s story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. In the nearly 160 years since its first publication, Wonderland has resonated with generations of readers all around the world who’ve identified with Alice—the heroine of her own story. Down a rabbit hole in a world very unlike her own, Alice presses forward with playfulness, curiosity, and an open mind, discovering her sense of self along the way.

Wonderland: Curious Nature transforms our 250 acres through the sights, settings, and scents of the classic Wonderland stories. Step into a colorful botanical experience that grows curiouser and curiouser as you as you encounter many beloved Wonderland characters, but rarely Alice herself. Her absence is our invitation to you to see the natural world through the fresh, curious eyes of an adventurer. As you fall deeper into these otherworldly gardens, mind-bending contemporary artworks, and gallery exhibitions filled with wonderfully weird marvels, we hope you’ll find your curiosity.

Here in this Wonderland, we’re all Alice.

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Due to COVID-19, we are open by appointment. The gallery will follow social distancing protocol and allow only a certain number of visitors per appointment.