11.15.2012 – 04.27.2013
On exhibit through Saturday, May 4
Free with museum admission, Worcester Historical Museum, Elm Street
How about a game of Twister or give the hula-hoop a try? This is the last week to get your “game on” and learn about the fun history of toys and games at WHM.
Experience a new way to learn about history in the fun and interactive exhibition Game On. Exploring the history of toys and games in America, Game On is designed like a board game encouraging children and adults to explore the gallery and artifacts – like LEGOs, the first paper dolls manufactured in America, Toy Soldiers, Puzzles, Barbies, and more – while answering trivia, playing games and having fun.
Game On surveys the development of “play” and the toy industry, looking at New England based giants like Parker Brothers, Milton Bradley and Hasbro, smaller companies like Worcester Toy Company and Ralphco Inc, the marketing of toys and the development of franchises. Audiences, young and old, will be able to connect with future generations by the associations that toys and games have with childhood.
This exhibition was supported in in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.