'Toy Boom! Toys from the 1950s & ’60s' Exhibit Coming to NC Museum of History
Experience this impressive collection of vintage toys, on display beginning Oct. 4
Photos courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of History
Toys are the latest story the North Carolina Museum of History. On Oct. 4, the museum will unveil its newest exhibit, "Toy Boom! Toys from the 1950s & ’60s." Featuring vintage playthings, from an Easy Bake Oven to Rock ’Em, Sock ’Em Robots, this exhibit examines how toys most beloved by Baby Boomers reflected the energy, ambition and abundance of a prosperous era, all while channeling the uncertainties of the period.
“The baby-boomer years were a time of more in America… including more toys,” says Katie Edwards, the curator of popular culture at the North Carolina Museum of History. “We created this exhibit to help North Carolinians reflect on their paths from childhood to adulthood, including the toys that paved the way.”
"Toy Boom!" is curated into unique environments, including TV westerns and space age, zany, and creative toys, with many of the sections including dolls, action figures and more. The exhibit will feature multiple photo ops for visitors to share on social media.
Visitors can see toys come to life with fun, hands-on interactive activities. Attendees can look forward to reliving their childhood with a larger-than-life Twister board, a giant Lite-Brite wall, an Etch A Sketch station, working Hot Wheels racing tracks (complete with inversion loops), a “Name that Tune” game featuring TV Westerns, and digital Christmas catalog stations where visitors can digitally flip through pages to look at vintage toys.
Why focus on the Boomer era? Post-World War II, a soaring birthrate made America become a more child-focused culture. Parents believed toys would help children find their correct place in society. TV was a huge factor, and for the first time, toy companies were marketing to kids directly.
So, whether you pine for Mr. Potato Head or are gaga for Gumby, have some fun at the North Carolina Museum of History. "Toy Boom! will be open from Oct. 4, 2019, through Jan. 3, 2021.