What was your favorite childhood toy? Whatever it was then (or now) you’re sure to find it in TOYTOPIA, a new exhibition at the Wilbur D. May Museum. Opening Jan. 21, TOYTOPIA will rekindle the wonder and delight of your favorite childhood moments and inspire today’s children. Learn about the origins of toys, who made them, why some succeeded or failed, which have become collector’s items, and more.
With a footprint of nearly 7,000 square feet, Toytopia will showcase specialty exhibits from well-known toymakers like Hasbro®, Duncan Yo-Yo®, Schleich®, Breyer®, Crayola®, KNEX® (Lincoln Logs®) and many others. This exhibition is an immersive adventure through 100 years of classic toys, games, and dolls. But visitors won’t just see the toys – they’ll also be able to get hands-on and try out the toys for themselves!
Toytopia will feature several special displays:
- The World’s Largest Etch-A-Sketch
- Retro Arcade Area, featuring classic games from the 1970s and 80s
- A life-size walk-through Doll House
- Life-Size Monopoly Car and game board
- LEGO Play Area/LEGO Building Wall
- Model trains
- Schylling Tin Toys
- Keva Planks, Lincoln Logs, and Brain Teasers play areas
- Stop motion movie maker
- Blanket fort builder
- Zoltar and the walking piano from the hit 1988 movie “Big”
- And more!
When: Jan. 21 – April 16, 2017
Where: Wilbur D. May Museum
Cost: Adults – $9.00, children (3-17) – $8.00, and seniors – $8.00
Contact: (775) 785-5961 or www.maycenter.com
Toytopia is one of the premier exhibits created by Stage Nine Exhibitions, a full-service developer of creative, unusual exhibits for permanent or temporary display. Stage Nine Exhibitions owns, operates, and tours six internationally-acclaimed exhibitions including: Expedition: Dinosaur, Hall of Heroes, POPnology, The Animation Academy, Sweet: A Tasting Journey, and Rock U: The Institute of Rock “N” Roll. For more information visit www.stageninedesign.com.
Located within Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, the Wilbur D. May Center is managed by the Washoe County Community Services Department and continues to receive generous support from the Wilbur May Foundation.