Let’s go underground!
Will you come underground? Enter the rabbit world of the famous story Watership Down by British author Richard Adams.
In this children’s exhibition you will search for a perfect warren to live. A warren where your opinion matters and where you can live in freedom. Find clues, make the right connections and help each other to find your way through a dark maze. The exhibition Watership Down is full of surprises! This children’s exhibition about freedom and democracy has been developed to commemorate 75 years of liberation and the fact that Richard Adams would have turned 100 years old in 2020.
About Richard Adams
Adams wrote the book Watership Down in 1972. It became one of the most famous books in the world. An animated film based on the story was released in 1978 and in 2018 Netflix produced the series Watership Down. Adams told the story, about a rabbit warren, to his daughters Juliet and Rosamond while driving to school. They asked him to write the story down. By then Adams was 52 years old and had spent his working life in the military and the civil service. In the Second World War, Adams served with the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) in several countries until he joined the 1st Airborne Division. During Operation Market Garden he was part of the Seaborne Echelon. Watership Down was inspired by Adams’ own war experiences. The character Hazel, the rabbits’ leader, is based on Adams’ commanding officer Major John Gifford. The warrior Bigwig was based on Captain Desmond Kavanagh, who died during heavy fighting in September 1944. Adams passed away on 24 December 2016 aged 96. Airborne at the Bridge, an annex of the Airborne Museum, currently shows the exhibition Richard Adams’s Watership Down: the Story behind the Story. Click here for more information about this exhibition.
About the exhibition
Watership Down is an exciting journey into the world of rabbits. After an introduction you will visit several warrens looking for clues (similar to an escape room). Only by working together will you be able to find the answer. Can you collect the right letters? The exhibition is suitable for children aged 8 to 13 who must be accompanied by an adult. The exhibition is also incorporated in an educational programme for schools. More information on the programme can be found here.
Book in advance
To visit this exhibition you need to book a (free) ticket in advance. The exhibition is only available for a limited number of visitors every hour.
- Buy entrance tickets to the museum via the button below. To visit the museum with a Museum Card you will also need to reserve a date and timeslot.
- After selecting the number of tickets, you can select a timeslot for Watership Down at the second step at the header ‘Additional’. You only need one reservation per family.
- The exhibition can be visited by a minimum of two people and a maximum of six.
- Due to the coronavirus measures, only one family can visit the exhibition every hour.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult.
- A visit to Watership Down takes approximately 45 minutes.
- Tickets can be booked at every hour. The options are: 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00 and 15.00.
- After showing your reservation at the front desk, you will be accompanied to the exhibition.
- You will be given an answer sheet at the front desk to use in the children’s exhibit.
This exhibition has been realised with support of:
Since December 2018, the series Watership Down can be seen on Netflix. The English version was voiced by James McAvoy (X-Men), John Boyega (Star Wars) and Daniel Kaluuya (Black Panther).