Paddington Bear Day tomorrow at Balboa Island Museum Newport Beach

Paddington Bear has arrived at the Balboa Island Museum Newport Beach! His exhibit highlights a collection of Paddington Bear memorabilia and is certain to bring a smile to young and old alike.

The story of one of the world’s most beloved bears began on Christmas Eve 1956, when Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear, spotted a teddy bear in a shop near Paddington Station in London and bought it as a gift for his wife. This little bear provided Bond with the inspiration to write a story, and in 10 short days the first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was written.

Paddington Bear closeup

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Courtesy of Balboa Island Museum Newport Beach

Come celebrate Paddington Bear Day at the museum on June 25

On Saturday, June 25, bring the whole family to the museum for “Paddington Bear Day.” Join this fun-filled event as one of your favorite bears is honored. There will be photo opportunities and refreshments, too.

Call the museum for more information at 949. 675.3952. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends.

Balboa Island Museum Newport Beach is located at 210B Marine Ave., Balboa Island. For more information, visit