Toy Box: Inspiration Through Play Exhibit

11/29/2017 - 2/11/2018, M - Sa: 9 am - 4:30 pm; Su: Noon - 4:30 pm

Admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64

Illinois is home to classic toys such as Radio Flyer, Lincoln Logs and TinkerToys. These, like all toys serve as templates to the imagination for children at both social and cognitive levels of development. For adults, toys are vessels for memory that contain identity, activity, and comfort. For many working artists today, a toy represents a creative opportunity to transform the object into an experience that transcends nostalgia and represents an act of discovery. The artwork featured in this exhibition comes directly from artists working across Illinois. The historic objects presented are highlights from the Illinois State Museum collections. Combined, they seek to merge the joyous occasion of imagination during play with the nurtured discipline of creating a work of art.

Objects from the vaults of the ISM Illinois Legacy Collection will also be featured.

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  • Starting Friday, January 5th, 2018, repeats every day until Sunday, February 11, 2018 — all day


Illinois State Museum

502 S. Spring St.
Springfield, IL

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