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Toy Boom! Toys from the 1950s & '60s


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Dates and Times

  • Fri, Oct 4, 2019 - Sun, Jan 3, 2021 Monday - Sunday, times vary

Location

North Carolina Museum of History
5 E Edenton St

Details

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.

The artifacts in Toy Boom are curated into unique environments, including TV westerns, space age, zany toys, creative toys, dolls, action figures and more. The Baby Boomer era (late-1940s to mid-1960s) was a time of great abundance for middle-class America. Economic prosperity was at an all-time high and the influx of television helped propel a new middle-class into a consumer-driven society. Toys would help children find their place in society, or so parents wanted to believe. These toys reflected the energy, ambition, and abundance of a prosperous era, but they also channeled the uncertainties of the period.

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What's Nearby

  Nearby Parking

NC Museum/Government Center Parking100 E Jones St - 415 feet E

Green Square Parking Deck120 W Edenton St - 681 feet W

227 E Edenton Street Parking227 E Edenton St - 851 feet E

Alexander Square Parking Deck120 S Wilmington St - 0.2 miles S

  Nearby Dining

Sweet Tea & Cornbread Grill and Eatery5 E Edenton St - adjacent

Acro Cafe11 W Jones St - 280 feet NW

The Daily Planet Cafe121 W Jones St - 681 feet W

Centro Mexican Restaurant106 S Wilmington St - 956 feet S

  Nearby Shopping

North Carolina Museum of History Shop5 E Edenton St - adjacent

NC Museum of Natural Sciences Store and Nature Art Gallery11 W Jones St - 280 feet NW

Nature Research Center Store121 W Jones St - 681 feet W

Met-Tech, Inc.105 S Wilmington St - 983 feet S

  Nearby Arts, Culture + Entertainment

Capital Area Visitor Services5 E Edenton St - adjacent

NC Museum of Natural Sciences and Nature Research Center11 W Jones St - 280 feet NW

NC Museum of Natural Sciences Store and Nature Art Gallery11 W Jones St - 280 feet NW

North Carolina State Capitol1 E Edenton St - 553 feet SW