Eloise is moving from the Plaza to the New York Historical Society

“Eloise” by Hilary Knight (1956) and an illustration for the Plaza Hotel’s 1957 “Eloise” menu (credit: NY Historical Society)

Naughty Eloise is about to inflict her troublemaking on a new target: the New York Historical Society.

The museum just announced a new exhibition of Eloise memorabilia and original illustrations. Called “Eloise at the Museum,” it debuted at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Among the more exciting items on display are manuscript pages, sketchbooks, portraits, photographs, and memorabilia like Eloise dolls, dolls clothes, a line of girl’s clothes, a 1957-58 children’s menu from the Plaza, and an “Eloise Emergency Hotel Kit.”

The character was the creation of singer, composer and writer Kay Thompson and illustrator Hilary Knight. Knight’s original portrait of Eloise from 1956 will also be on display. The portrait hung in the Plaza until 1962, where it was stolen and did not reappear until 1962, where it was found in a dumpster. Since then, the portrait has been hidden from the public until now.

The exhibit opens on June 30th and will run until October 9th.