Posted on: June 27, 2013 at 13:25
By Guy in toy
Toy Industry Hall of Fame to get a New Home

Legendary people in the toy industry will now be enshrined along with their iconic creations when the National Toy Hall of Fame gallery at the Strong museum in Rochester, New York will combine with the Toy Industry Hall of Fame.

The 5,000-square-foot Strong museum will soon be receiving $4 million in renovations. If everything goes according to plan, the new combined hall will open to the public in the fall of 2015. Members of the Toy Industry Hall of Fame include George Lucas, Walt Disney, Frederick August Otto Schwarz and Milton Bradley. Negotiations have been underway for a long time to combine both halls as a way of raising their public exposure and interest.

When the renovations are complete, the halls will feature interactive displays that are hands-on and high-tech. Visitors will be able to examine how changing technologies, gender and cultural trends have influenced the marketing, production and design used in the toy industry. The impact that toys have had on society is also explored. Examples of this include how the Life board game encouraged the pursuit of the American dream, and Monopoly increased society’s faith in capitalism. The National Toy Hall of Fame was founded in 1998. The Toy Industry Hall of Fame was founded in 1985.