North Carolina Museum of History Seeking Toys

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The Curation Department is interested in several classic toys such as this 1960s Operation game.

Your attic, basement or storage unit could hold nostalgic treasures perfect for display at the North Carolina Museum of History, which is calling for donations to its permanent collection and loans for an upcoming exhibit. To expand its toy collection, the museum is seeking toys — especially from the 1950s to the 1990s — and particularly those with a North Carolina connection.

From dolls to vintage board games, American toys of yesteryear have special charm and are often saved in good condition and handed down from generation to generation.

The curation department is interested in the following toys:

1950s: Slinky, Mr. Potato Head (the model that used actual potatoes), Piston Action Robot, Silly Putty, Betsy Wetsy Doll, Tiny Tears Doll, Gumby, Play-Doh, Saralee Doll

1960s: Easy-Bake Oven, space-related toys, Rock’em Sock’em Robots, G.I. Joe (original), Operation (game), Mystery Date (game)

1970s: Pet Rock, Intellivision, Stretch Armstrong, Big Wheel

1970s and 1980s: Star Wars toys, electronic toys like Speak & Spell and Simon 

1980s: My Little Pony (in good condition)

1990s: Tickle Me Elmo

Miscellaneous: Nintendo Game Boy (in good condition), Lite-Brite, Lincoln Logs, Hungry Hungry Hippos (game), Twister, Mouse Trap (game), army men (green plastic soldiers)

A webform for submitting a donation and/or loan information is available at

Anyone seeking more information is encouraged to contact Katie Edwards in the curation department at 919-807-7894 or

About the North Carolina Museum of History

The North Carolina Museum of History is located at 5 E. Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. The museum collects and preserves artifacts of North Carolina history and educates the public on the history of the state and nation through exhibits and educational programs. Each year more than 400,000 people visit the museum to see some of the 150,000 artifacts in the museum collection. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Source: N.C. Museum of History


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