Toys exhibition

From December 16, 2018 to March 17, 2019

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Treasures in the Attic

Everyone is invited to pop over to see the grandparents of twins William and Sara, as the attic of their house has a collection of toys from 1890 to today.

Filled with forgotten treasures, this attic has become a repository of memories of all the families who have lived in the house. Piles of boxes hold a rich and fascinating world where childhood is frozen in time and that have become the final resting place for GI Joe, Barbie, Mr. Potato Head, rocking horses, toboggans, stuffed animals, board games, old dolls, toy soldiers, furniture, books and photographs.

  • <i>Toy Engine, Lionel Corporation</i>, 1926-1933. Gift of the Estate of Omer Lavallée, M992.110.41.1 © McCord Museum
  • <i>Model fire engine</i>, about 1890. Gift of Mr. R. H. Gaunt, M969.22.14.1-4 © McCord Museum
  • <i>Toy airplane, Bing Co.</i>, 1924-1932. Gift of Sylvain Pilon, M2008.117.4.1 © McCord Museum

Embark on an adventure and find the lost toys!

Following the paper chase, children from 3 to 9 years old will relive the stories of the children who lived in the house and experience the evolution and appearance of different types of toys throughout different eras. Take a trip through time!


Discover the exhibition through the eyes of our young visitors! Comments given during the Opening on December 15, 2018.

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What people are saying about it

« Adult visitors will no doubt be drawn to the toys they remember from their own childhoods » Montreal Gazette
« It's sure to send a few adults on a trip down memory lane » CBC News
« This just may be my top pick for winter break » Midnight Mom

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