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Exclusive Toy Boom Exhibit Now Open at Museum of History

Alyssa Atkinson

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The North Carolina Museum of History is one of the most established and well know museums in the entire area. It is actually a Smithsonian Affiliate, and it features all kinds of interesting and unique exhibits.

While it can sometimes be hard to make history more exciting for those who aren't huge fans of the subject, fun and unique exhibits can certainly help persuade people to enjoy and appreciate history more.

Fortunately, the North Carolina Museum of History is home to all kinds of exhibits that are constantly being added. One such exhibit, which recently opened at the North Carolina Museum of History, caught my eye. It is called the Toy Boom exhibit, and it is one you likely won't want to miss.

In sharing about it today, I hope to provide you with some details so that you can know what to expect from the exhibit should you choose to visit the museum.

What the Exhibit Is About

The Toy Boom exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History explores the baby boomer era of toys. It is stated on their website that:

"The Baby Boomer era (late-1940s to mid-1960s) was a time of great abundance for middle-class America...Toys would help children find their correct 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."

These toys of the past are a part of history, and the North Carolina Museum of History captures that through their exhibit which they have called the Toy Boom.

This area did not only involve an explosion of toys, but also television. So, the museum features televisions throughout the exhibit.

Some of the popular toys of this era included all kinds of various dolls for girls, often featured in the Sears catalog. There were also the little matchbox cars and race tracks. In addition to that, there were the sports toys and western toys. The baby boomer era led to a lot of western television shows during the years that followed.

Of course, there is also the G.I. Joe, one of the most iconic toys of the 1960's. This action figure was really the first of its kind. It is one that I find very unique and fascinating.

Similarly, barbie dolls were also very popular during the 1960's. The exhibit showcases some of the dolls and accessories. Barbie remains huge to this day.

The exhibit is also great for kids because there are toys you can play with, such as the Hot Wheels Track and Lite Brite wall.

Final Thoughts

I have always been fascinated by vintage toys as well as the toy boom era, so I am excited to check out this exhibit soon. If you too share a passion for history along with vintage toys/collectibles, you might want to consider heading over to the museum as well.

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