“Toys: The Inside Story”

“Toys: The Inside Story”

NEW EXHIBIT: On Display in the Depot’s Great Hall March 7 – April 15, 2019


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”. Visitors to The Duluth Depot will be among the first in the country to see this new exhibit beginning March 7th.

Toys includes 12 different hands-on stations illustrating the simple mechanisms commonly found in toys, and lets visitors create their own toy-like combinations of gears, pulleys, linkages, cams, and circuits.
Jack Gets Out of His Box gives visitors a close-up view of the cam combination that frees our hero “Jack,” while elsewhere we unmask the amazing collection of switches, cams and motors that make Elmo® dance and Mr. Machine® run. 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.
The exhibition was developed by the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich,Vt., with funding from a National Science Foundation grant awarded to seven museums across the country that comprise TEAMS (Traveling Exhibits Museums of Science). This Exhibit was brought to the Duluth Depot with a generous grant by the Depot Foundation.


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