If your parents never let you break open your Etch A Sketch® to find out how it works, or if you’ve been wondering how to stop your toddler’s push toy from making such an infernal racket, you’ll love TOYS: The Inside Story, open now at Discovery Museum!
See What’s Inside!
TOYS includes 12 different hands-on stations illustrating the simple mechanisms commonly found in toys, letting visitors see the inner mechanisms of some classic toys and create their own toy-like combinations of gears, pulleys, linkages, cams, and circuits—the things that make toys go.
Visitors will get a close-up view of the cam combination that frees a Jack-in-the-Box, and unmask the amazing collection of switches, cams and motors that make Elmo® dance and Mr. Machine® run. They can trace out a plan on a gigantic Etch A Sketch, and try their hand at keeping a circuit open to win at Operation®.
Many of the exhibits are free-form and open-ended: Gears at Play illustrates the effects of gear ratios as visitors figure out how to spin ballerinas and a carousel, while the Jeepers Peepers challenge at the pulley table may take a little experimentation to solve.
TOYS: The Inside Story at Discovery Museum
177 Main St Rte 27, Acton MA
Exhibit runs January 18 – May 10, 2020
About Discovery Museum
Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum that blends science, nature, and play, inspiring families to explore and learn together. The museum and its Discovery Woods accessible outdoor nature playscape and 550sf treehouse blend the best of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning on a beautiful 4.5-acre campus abutting 180 acres of conservation land in Acton, MA, about 20 miles west of Boston.
Originally founded in 1982 and expanded to two museums in 1987, the museum reopened in a single, 16,000sf accessible building after a complete renovation and expansion in early 2018. Hands-on, open-ended exhibits developed by professional educators inspire curiosity and exploration, providing a fun and engaging experience for children and adults to discover their world together. Serving families and schools from towns throughout the region, the museum is devoted to informal education that enhances classroom learning. Discovery Museum is committed to accessibility, and is a proud recipient of the 2017 Massachusetts Commonwealth Award, the only winner in the Access category, and a 2018 LEAD® Community Asset Award from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Discovery Museum is a community-supported non-profit organization. Discovery Museum programming is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.