Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s
On view through Jan. 4, 2015
Gumby. Barbie. Slinky. Mr. Potato Head. Wham-O. Spirograph. Hot Wheels. The names of popular toys from the 1950s, '60s and '70s capture the craziness, the joy, the sheer fun of being a kid. But beneath those nutty names are rich veins of nostalgia, memory and history. The stories of the kids who played with these toys, the adults who bought them, the child-rearing experts who judged them and the people who invented them, reflect the rhythms of American life. Experience the toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms that bring the decades back to life.
The exhibit will be open extended hours the final days: Mon., Dec. 29, 10-5; Tues., Dec. 30, 10-8; Wed., Dec. 31, 10-5; Thurs., Jan. 1,10-7; Fri., Jan. 2, 10-7; Sat., Jan. 3,10-7; and Sun., Jan. 4, 12-7.