An Adult-Sized Catbus is Coming to the Ghibli Museum
One of the most popular attractions at the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan—which showcases the animation work of the Hayao Miyazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli—is a plush version of the Catbus featured in Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro. Up until now, the interactive (and adorable) exhibit has only been open to kids aged 12 and under. But in celebration of the museum’s 15th anniversary, they’re adding a larger, all-ages version.
Though the museum is currently closed for the next several weeks to undergo some maintenance and renovations, it will reopen in the middle of July with all-new exhibitions, including the bigger Catbus. It’s all part of a year-long exhibition called “Ride the Catbus to the Ghibli Woods,” which features new and updated attractions from the museum’s past, such as “Castle in the Sky and Imaginary Flying Machines,” “Goldilocks and The Three Bears,” “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea,” and the Spirited Away exhibit that kicked off the museum’s launch in 2001.
The Ghibli Museum will reopen to the public on July 15, while the new exhibition opens on July 17 and will run through May 2017.