Old toys from beloved and bygone eras have moved out of my grandmother’s basement and into the Museum of Industry and Natural History (MOHAI) for the exhibit Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The show is curated by the Minnesota History Center and is making its west coast premiere on Saturday, July 2.
The MOHAI’s press release rattles off just some of the old—and still popular—toys on display in interactive installations: Gumby, Barbie, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, Wham-O, Spirograph, Hot Wheels. “Beneath those nutty names,” MOHAI writes, “are rich veins of nostalgia, memory, and history.”
Art critic T.s. Flock did a post in April highlighting some of the events happening over the course of the exhibition, which goes through September 25. Read his take and pop over to the MOHAI website for more info.
MOHAI Presents: Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s
When: July 2 – September 25
Where: MOHAI (860 Terry Ave N)