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Stuffed Animal Husbandry: Caring for Winnie-the-Pooh and Friends


Winnie the Pooh Detail of Winnie-the-Pooh. Image ID: 1628607

The New York Public Library is the proud home of the REAL Winnie-the-Pooh, the actual toy teddy bear that once belonged to Christopher Robin Milne, son of A. A. Milne, and the basis for the character Christopher Robin in the beloved Winnie-the-Pooh stories.

Winnie and his friends Tigger, Eyore, Kanga, and Piglet (also former well-loved toys of Christopher Robin Milne) have resided at the New York Public Library since 1987. We have an important job in taking care of Winnie and friends; these iconic stuffed animals are visited by thousands of children and their parents every year, and we want to ensure that they are safe and well tended so that many more generations of children can see the REAL toys that inspired their favorite stories.

Our first and most important strategy for preserving the stuffed animals is to monitor, record, and control the environment in which they are stored and exhibitedthis includes temperature, relative humidity, and light levels. High temperatures and humidity levels can encourage pests or mold growth, and excessive light exposure can cause fading and degradation of the fabric. We aim for stable and moderate temperature and relative humidity levels, and we try to minimize the total amount of light to which the objects are exposed.

The stuffed animals received a thorough examination and treatment by a professional object conservator several years ago, and they received custom-designed armatures or mounts intended the minimize the physical stress placed upon them while on display. They are routinely inspected by NYPL's own conservation staff. The objects are kept in a secure case while on exhibit, and are stored in acid-free boxes and tissue in secure storage areas when not on exhibit. They are carefully handled only by conservation staff when it is necessary to move them, which we do as infrequently as possible due to their fragility.

Piglet, Kanga, Winnie-the-Pooh, Eeyore and Tigger. Image ID: 1628602



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Winnie the Pooh and his Friends

I love that NYPL has these famous stuffed dolls. BUT will they always be there on display ?? Do not sell this library and the contents. The animals should go back to London if this will happen. I just read that they will be on display through Sept. 7, 2014. Yeah!!! Thank you!!!

Hi Helene, thanks for your

Hi Helene, thanks for your comment. When Pooh and his friends finish their appearance in the exhibition they will go back to their home in the Children's Center

Mary Poppins artifacts?

I enjoyed seeing the Pooh animals in The ABC Of It exhibit, and also the items on display that were related to P.L. Travers and the Mary Poppins books. I remember seeing more Mary Poppins items at the Donnell library. Will these ever be on display again?

The Pooh friends

I remember the day that I saw these animals for the first time at the New York Public Library. Their gentle presence brought me a sense of stillness and peace, a goodness of spirit. Thank you for taking such good care of these little friends.

visited Winnie, Pooh and Co

visited Winnie, Pooh and Co last October - Beautiful. I really enjoyed the guided tour of the library as well

It made me so happy to see

It made me so happy to see Pooh in person!

Thank you so much for taking

Thank you so much for taking care of such wonderful treasures.

Will Winnie the Pooh be on display Wed 6 Sept 2016

Will Winnie the Pooh and the other animals be on display next week - Wed 6 Sept 2016? We will be visiting from Australia and would love to see them?


Being a Pooh fan, I visited my favourite bear and his pals as soon as I found out they live in NY some years ago (I live in Toronto). Whenever I was there, I think of them with Christopher Robin playing in the forest and I have done an extensive amount of research on Milne and Pooh these years. Surely I will be back to see the refurbished toys in no time. Three cheers to Pooh!

Winnie the pooh

Do you know who the ?maker of Winnie and DoD he have a growler? My mom has exact bear.

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