MN History Center

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102


Tuesday: 10 am-8 pm 
Wednesday: 10 am-5 pm
Thursday: 10 am-5 pm
Friday: 10 am-5 pm
Saturday: 10 am-5 pm
Sunday: Noon-5 pm
Monday: Closed

Open Monday holidays year round, 10 am-5 pm
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Tuesday: 9 am-8 pm
Wednesday: 9 am-4 pm
Thursday: 9 am-4 pm
Friday: 9 am-4 pm
Saturday: 9 am-4 pm
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed

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2018 Mar 22


Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s

On view through Jan. 4, 2015
Gumby. Barbie. Slinky. Mr. Potato Head. Wham-O. Spirograph. Hot Wheels. The names of popular toys from the 1950s, '60s and '70s capture the craziness, the joy, the sheer fun of being a kid. But beneath those nutty names are rich veins of nostalgia, memory and history. The stories of the kids who played with these toys, the adults who bought them, the child-rearing experts who judged them and the people who invented them, reflect the rhythms of American life. Experience the toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms that bring the decades back to life. 
See all of the upcoming Toys events!
The exhibit will be open extended hours the final daysMon., Dec. 29, 10-5; Tues., Dec. 30, 10-8; Wed., Dec. 31, 10-5; Thurs., Jan. 1,10-7; Fri., Jan. 2, 10-7; Sat., Jan. 3,10-7; and Sun., Jan. 4, 12-7.
Purchase the companion book, published by the MHS Press and written by senior exhibit developer Kate Roberts and senior curator Adam Scher of the Minnesota Historical Society.

American Flyer train set, A. C. Gilbert Company Big Wheel, Louis Marx and Company The Game of Cootie, Schaper Toys Easy-Bake Oven, Kenner Julia doll, Mattel LEGO bricks Mouse Trap, Ideal Pet Rock, Gary Dahl