Toys Exhibit at Missouri History Museum is Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Fun


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Traveling exhibition focuses on the 1950s, 60s and 70s
Author: Stephen Foutes
It’s sometimes hard to imagine the world before handheld devices were the trusted way to hold a child’s attention.

Fortunately, the folks at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis are showing visitors of all ages what it was like to be a kid prior to the MTV generation.

The exhibit, “Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s” is big on cowboys and baby dolls, super heroes and board games, and most importantly, fun.

Inside the exhibit, you’ll see a Slinky race down a small wooden staircase, sit in a decade-themed living room while you watch commercials from the early days of TV and go crazy in the Nerf garage.

You can’t play with the lawn darts – one of a handful of “dangerous” toys on display – but you can try your hand at a toy-related trivia challenge.

As you stroll through three decades of family fun, you’ll run into characters such as Howdy Doody (FYI, he’s a bit creepy) and Barbie, along with Batman, Superman and Gumby.

The Wolfman and Creature from the Black Lagoon also make an appearance, as do mechanical toys such as Mr. Machine.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 22, 2017, and there is no admission fee. General admission to the museum also is free.

All in all, it’s more fun than a Barrel of Monkeys.

That seems fitting, since you’ll also find them inside the exhibit.

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