Toys I and II Available Spring 2021! 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 are touring two copies of this exhibition. The newest version, Toys: The Inside Story II, includes “Simple Machines” design and build area expanding the footprint to 2,000 sq. ft.

  • Developed by Montshire Museum of Science
  • Funded by NSF through the TEAMS Collaborative
  • Designed for a family audience
  • Flexible layout, easy moving and installation
  • Minimal storage required
Toys: The Inside Story I
  • Size: 1,500 sq. ft.
  • Rental Fee: $18,500 for 3-1/2+ months
  • Shipping: 1 truck
Toys: The Inside Story II
  • Size: 2,000 sq. ft.
  • Rental Fee: $25,000 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: The Inside Story I
[Spring 2020: Booked]
[Summer 2020: Booked]
[Fall 2020: Booked]
Spring 2021: Available
Summer 2021: Available
Fall 2021: Available
Spring 2022 & Beyond: Inquire for Availability

Toys: The Inside Story II
[Spring 2020: Booked]
[Summer 2020: Booked]
[Fall 2020: Booked]
Spring 2021: Available
Summer 2021: Available
Fall 2021: Available
Spring 2022 & Beyond: Inquire for Availability

For additional information, contact Sharon Smallwood at (607) 272-0600 ×128.

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