The Strong Gets Grant to Finish New Game Exhibit
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has received a federal grant that will allow the museum to finish an exhibit on its second floor, where it houses some of its greatest collection of toys.
The $150,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will help The Strong complete part of the transition that is already underway in the "America at Play" section of the museum. It's filled with collectible toys, electronic games and soon the new "Game Time!" exhibit. That's set to open April of 2013.
"It kind of is the rest of the story, beyond our eGameRevolution, that talks about our electronic games," said Chris Bensch, Vice President for Collections. "This is every kind of game that came before that-card games, board games, party games and for a bonus we throw in puzzles as well."
Some of those puzzles that are currently in the museum's basement, where they're being mounted and prepared for display. They include a Chiclets puzzle from the 1970s, a World War II-era dexterity puzzle that challenges you try and drop an atomic bomb, and a party puzzle from the 1930s that's played as a group.
"Presently, we have very few board games and card games out on display and this is a chance to get a world-class collection out in front of the public," explained Bensch.
Only about five percent of the museum's collection is ever out on the floor. Everything else is stored in vaults.