The Birth of Teddy Bear
It’s reported that when U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt went on a hunting trip to the Mississippi in 1902 he was unable to find a bear to kill. His supporters caught a bear cub and tied it to a tree for the president to shoot, but he refused to do it. This event was documented in the Washington Post on November 16, 1902, illustrated with the now-famous cartoon drawn by Clifford Berryman, entitled “Drawing the Line in Mississipi”. The cartoon was an immediate success and provoked a huge public response. Morris Mitchtom, a Russian emigre, was inspired by the events to produce his own toy bear to sell in his store in Brooklyn. He called it Teddy’s Bear (Roosevelt’s nickname was Teddy), allegedly having asked and been granted permission by Roosevelt himself to use the name.
The gallery is grouped into three sections: the History Hall, the Art Hall and the Project Exhibition Hall. In the History Hall, you can witness the 100-year history of teddy bears including famous scenes, popular teddy bears of different eras, and antique teddy bears. The Mona Lisa teddy bear and the teddy bears of “The Last Supper” (Leonardo Da Vinci) will especially catch your eyes. The Art Hall features the latest artwork of world famous designers, and you will also find animation characters beloved by children.
*Operating Hours : From 9 AM to 7 PM
Summer Peak Season from 9AM to 8 PM
*Admission Fees : Adults 10,000 won / Teens 9,000 won / Children 8,000 won