Toys of the Future! Special exhibit lands September 22nd!


Toys of the Future – Free Public Exhibit opening Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018

The Museum will feature the stellar and widely celebrated Goldbarth Collection of mid-20th century “space toys.” During the 20th century, when the future presented itself as a force to be reckoned with, toys took on the challenge. There is no finer example of this than “space toys,” the rockets, saucers, robots and ray guns introduced to children during the 1930s and beyond– the era of Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, and other gravity-defying, planet hopping heroes. Space themed toys have been universally enjoyed by children around the globe.

Program and Event Schedule:

  • Invitation only members opening Friday, Sept. 21st 7:30 – 9:30 – Member’s Opening beginning at Exploration Place to view Toytopia  from 5:30 – 7:30pm, then moving to The Historical Museum for an exhibit opening celebration with “DJ Astro”
  • Saturday, Sept. 22nd – 1-5pm – Public Opening & free admission day –– Kids Craft Project: 2-D articulated ROBOTS – Exhibit Tours & Program “The Future We Imagined” 2-3pm in the DeVore Auditorium
  • Wednesday, September 26th – Senior Wednesday 10am ($2 admission; members always free) – “Toys of the Past” with Kenneth Holmes.
  • Sunday, Oct. 21st – 2-3pm –  “Toys of the Future” illustrated program, free and open to the public.
  • Friday, Nov. 30th – 5-8pm – Space Party – “DJ Astro” Final Friday event, free and open to the public.


Winter Break Programing – “Space Camp” and special tours & projects for children & their families

  • Thursday, December 20th 1:30 – 3pm – SPACE CAMP: Special Tour of Toys of the Future exhibit followed by a special space-age make & take project.
  • Friday, December 21st  1:30 – 3pm – Victorian Cottage Tour and Christmas Card project
  • Thursday, December 27th 1:30 – 3pm – Playing in the Past – a Tour of the Child’s World exhibit followed by vintage toy project.
  • Friday, December 28th 1:30 – 3pm– SPACE CAMP: Special Tour of Toys of the Future exhibit followed by a special space-age make & take project.

The exhibit is made possible in part through the support of Sean & Melissa Conley, Tom & Myra Devlin, Ron O’Callaghan and Scott & Betsy Redler as well as media sponsors: The Wichita Eagle, KSNW – Channel 3, and KMUW radio. The Museum is grateful for their support of this special exhibit and its related programs.

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