For Bath, already home to the Jane Austen Centre, this brings back to life another female literary giant. The two museums will be just a few doors down from each on Gay Street, not far from the Gravel Walk and other landmarks. Together the two attractions, and nearby sites, will be a magnet for literary fans.
For its part, the new museum looks to accurately present Shelley’s personal life, fraught by numerous tragedies and financial struggles, with the Frankenstein focus of the attraction acting as a counterbalance. The global success of Frankenstein, or: The Modern Prometheus will be examined, including reviewing the monster’s numerous renditions on the silver screen. Shelley's struggles with her lover and her numerous losses, including those of multiple children, will be examined.
Despite telling a 200-year-old story, the museum will feature multiple high-tech exhibits, including numerous "hollusions," hologram-style projections, and interactive scenes designed with selfies in mind. There will also be escape rooms themed to the mad scientist’s lab.
won’t feature gore. Numerous artifacts will include period-appropriate costumes, original letters written by Shelley, and life-size models of Frankenstein's monster. The multi-story attraction will also include a small café, drawing its inspiration from a creepy tearoom similar to the Georgian era where Shelley’s works may be read. One thing not faithful to the period: This tearoom will serve Bloody Marys.
Originally slated to open in October, the museum is now planning a spring 2021 opening. A Monster Ball celebrating Shelley and her most famous story is also in the works.
Tickets go on sale later this month. Hours, prices, and other details have yet to be shared.
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