- Get Involved
All Smithsonian museums will be open today, March 6. The National Zoo will open at noon today.Skip navigation
June 1, 2010 – January 31, 2012
Museum: American History Museum
Location: 1st Floor, Constitution Ave. Entrance, Artifact Walls
Toys reflect changes in both technology and society. This case examines toys produced in 19th-century America, when childhood began to be seen as a distinct stage of life with its own unique needs. Featured are dolls, kitchen and housewares, hand tools, educational games, and other toys intended to entertain, educate, and prepare children for adult work. The case also explores early toy marketing.