Toys is available in Spring and Summer 2019 at a reduced rate! Inquire for details: 607-272-0600 x128

Toys: The Inside Story

Peek inside some popular toys! Explore linkages, cams, pulleys and circuits. Steady your hands and win at Operation®! Activate different electrical circuits. Discover what makes Jack jump. Crank gears and make toys spin! Find out which mechanisms make toys move, and how!

We’re currently touring two copies of this exhibition. Beginning Spring 2019, the newest version of Toys: The Inside Story will include additional activities, expanding the footprint to 2,000 sq. ft. Inquire to learn more about this fun exhibition!

  • Developed by Montshire Museum of Science
  • Funded by NSF through the TEAMS Collaborative
  • Designed for a family audience
  • Size: 1,500 sq. ft.
  • Flexible layout, easy moving and installation
  • Minimal storage required
  • Rental Fee: $18,500 for 3-1/2+ months
  • Shipping: 1 truck

  • Find out what makes toys move by exploring the mechanisms inside them: gears, wires, cams circuits, switches, linkages and pulleys.
  • You can activate a circuit and play a giant game of Operation®.
  • You can create your own toy-like combinations of gears, pulleys, linkages, cams and circuits.
  • Learn now to turn a simple motion into one that is more complex.
  • See how when gears mesh, if you turn one gear, the others turn.
  • Find out how an industrial size gear can change the speed of a rotating shaft.
  • Discover how a worm gear and a cam mechanism work together inside a Jack-in-the-Box.

Toys I
Spring 2019: Available
[Summer 2019: booked]
Fall 2019: Available
Spring 2020: Available
Summer 2020: Available
[Fall 2020: booked]

Toys II
[Spring 2019: booked]
[Summer 2019: booked]
[Fall 2019: booked]
Spring 2020: Available
Summer 2020: Available
Fall 2020: Available

For more information, contact Erica Washburn at (607) 272-0600 ×128.


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