Toys and Childhood

November 20, 2015 – January 22, 2017

National Museum of American History
1300 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, East Floor Plan

In time for the winter holidays, this showcase presents a selection of cast-iron and tinplate toys from the museum’s collection dating from the 1870s to the 1950s, illustrating the ever-evolving nature of American childhood and home life and bringing to light aspects of play. Included in the display are a variety of vehicles, from boats and airplanes to horse-drawn wagons, as well as fanciful toys relating to the American circus – acrobats, clowns and a miniature Ferris wheel.