Let's Play! New England Toy Stories

Heritage Museums & Gardens, 2020

Sandwich, Massachusetts

An exhibit for families about the history of toy design and manufacturing in New England

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Entry wall
Entry wall

The entry wall welcomes visitors with introductory text and invites them to guess the identities of the colorful toy silhouettes along the base of the wall

Wall case for learning toys
Wall case for learning toys

The cases are color-coded by theme. The objects here were light-sensitive so we added a motion sensor to trigger this case's interior lighting.

Standalone case for AC Gilbert Atomic Energy Lab
Standalone case for AC Gilbert Atomic Energy Lab

Don't worry, this toy had the radioactive pieces removed before display

Toy manufacturing timeline
Toy manufacturing timeline

This timeline shows significant moments in toy manufacturing history in both New England and the greater US

Movement toys zone
Movement toys zone

Each section of the exhibit has an introductory label, quotes, and "Key Player" labels that spotlight individual New England toy designers

Wall case for imaginative play toys
Wall case for imaginative play toys

The client wanted a fun, nostalgic feel for the exhibit so I designed the cases to resemble mid-century modern furniture

Child and wheelchair-user friendly casework
Child and wheelchair-user friendly casework

Because the exhibit was about toys, the client wanted to focus on family audiences. I designed the large wall cases nice and low for small visitors. This height works well for wheelchair users as well.

Floor play zone and cozy den
Floor play zone and cozy den

We created a floor play zone for young visitors with low shelves they could access all by themselves

Cozy den
Cozy den

I chose comfy, colorful furniture to entice visitors to gather and play board games together