Raleigh museum wants people’s toys

December 23, 2017 by  

The North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh recently announced that it is on the lookout for toys for an upcoming exhibit.

The exhibition’s curator, Katie Edwards, says she believes artifacts of pop culture are important tools for learning about a community’s history.

At present, the museum’s collection of toys numbers in the thousands, including some dating back to the mid-1800s, but there appears to be a gap of several decades for which toys are scarce – the 1950s through the 1980s. The museum has created a wish list of toys it wants, and hopes that once the exhibition is over, the toys’ owners will consider donating them permanently.

The museum is specifically looking for toys like the Nintendo Game Boy, Tickle Me Elmo, My Little Pony, the Easy-Bake Oven, and the Slinky. A complete list is on the museum’s website, on a form that people considering donating toys—which have to be in good condition—are asked to fill out. It’s Edwards’ hope that many owners are storing toys they do not use but cannot bear to throw away, and will donate them to share with others.

The planned exhibit opens next October, but donations are encouraged now, with a final deadline of March 31, 2018 if the toy is for the exhibit. The museum accepts donations to its permanent collection at all times.

Organizations can help this type of effort by creating and mailing flyers to the community, explaining the project.