Toys through time

From peg dolls to spacemen

Step through the toyshop doors and enter a world of whimsy, nostalgia and fun.

From peg dolls to Barbie, tin soldiers to spacemen, come and see over 200 original toys and treasures that capture the spirit of play and the creativity of Sydney’s unique toy story. 

Take a fascinating look back at the beloved toys of generations of Sydneysiders and discover the stories of our city’s toy manufacturers and famed toy sellers. With an absorbing mix of the familiar and the forgotten, the exhibition promises a captivating trip down memory lane for people of all ages.

Let your imagination fly as you follow the kids' trail through the exhibition to the play space, where you can play traditional games and make your own toy to take home.

You’ve never seen such an amazing collection in all your life! Toys of every kind to thrill and delight you – quaint old toys, brilliant new ones, strange toys, familiar toys, wonderful toys… an attraction for young and old! 

Menu from The Children’s Restaurant, Farmer & Co Department Store​, 1930s.

Past exhibition

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28 March 2015 - 9 August 2015

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One of the most fun features about our new exhibit "Toys Through Time: The History of American Fun" is that we ask our visitors to share what their favorite toy was growing up! Look at all these fun toys! Come share yours by visiting! #libertyhallmuseum #museum #toysthroughtime #favoritetoy #whatsyours #reminiscing #unionnj #exhibit

One of the most fun features about our new exhibit "Toys Through Time: The History of American Fun" is that we ask our visitors to share what their favorite toy was growing up! Look at all these fun toys! Come share yours by visiting! #libertyhallmuseum #museum #toysthroughtime #favoritetoy #whatsyours #reminiscing #unionnj #exhibit

7 months 2 weeks
Only ONE week until the opening of our brand new, highly anticipated exhibit "Toys Through Time: The History of American Fun." This exciting exhibit will have interactive and hands on features and will have items from the collection on display ranging from 1850-1950. Fun items include dolls, trucks, rocking horses, puppets, doll houses and so much more!! Come reminisce about your favorite childhood toys and see the exhibit!! #libertyhallmuseum #museum #toysthroughtime #exhibit #unionnj #childhoodtoys #reminisce #oldtoys #vintage #toys

Only ONE week until the opening of our brand new, highly anticipated exhibit "Toys Through Time: The History of American Fun." This exciting exhibit will have interactive and hands on features and will have items from the collection on display ranging from 1850-1950. Fun items include dolls, trucks, rocking horses, puppets, doll houses and so much more!! Come reminisce about your favorite childhood toys and see the exhibit!! #libertyhallmuseum #museum #toysthroughtime #exhibit #unionnj #childhoodtoys #reminisce #oldtoys #vintage #toys

8 months 12 hours
Today is #nationalteddybearday ! Pictured here is our #gundteddybear from the 1940s made by the Gund Company. This toy is one of many that will be on display starting October 5 for our "Toys Through Time: The History of American Fun." Did you have a #teddy bear #growingup? #libertyhallmuseum #museum #toysthroughtime #vintagetoys #iconictoy #reminisce #gund #museumexhibit #toyexhibit

Today is #nationalteddybearday ! Pictured here is our #gundteddybear from the 1940s made by the Gund Company. This toy is one of many that will be on display starting October 5 for our "Toys Through Time: The History of American Fun." Did you have a #teddy bear #growingup? #libertyhallmuseum #museum #toysthroughtime #vintagetoys #iconictoy #reminisce #gund #museumexhibit #toyexhibit

8 months 2 weeks
Today is Slinky Day!! The classic toy is also turning 70 this year!  Richard James, a Navy engineer in Philadelphia, brought the Slinky to life in 1945 after trying to make a spring to be used in ship equipment.  Pictured here is a Slinky that is part of the collection at Liberty Hall Museum. It will also be on display starting October 5 when our highly anticipated new exhibit opens, Toys through Time: The History of American Fun. #libertyhallmuseum #museum #libertyhall #slinky #classictoys #toysthroughtime #vintage #70yearsold #fun #toy #reminisce #slinkyfun #childhoodtoy

Today is Slinky Day!! The classic toy is also turning 70 this year! Richard James, a Navy engineer in Philadelphia, brought the Slinky to life in 1945 after trying to make a spring to be used in ship equipment. Pictured here is a Slinky that is part of the collection at Liberty Hall Museum. It will also be on display starting October 5 when our highly anticipated new exhibit opens, Toys through Time: The History of American Fun. #libertyhallmuseum #museum #libertyhall #slinky #classictoys #toysthroughtime #vintage #70yearsold #fun #toy #reminisce #slinkyfun #childhoodtoy

8 months 4 weeks
10% off for Father's Day & a special partnership with an amazing new company - Motique Gifts & Games for the discerning gentleman!  Everything you'll need for finding Dad that special gift! Head over to our site thevintagetoybox.com.au #fathersday #dad #september #gifts #games #men #toysthroughtime #gentleman #motique #sale #saturday #discount

10% off for Father's Day & a special partnership with an amazing new company - Motique Gifts & Games for the discerning gentleman! Everything you'll need for finding Dad that special gift! Head over to our site thevintagetoybox.com.au #fathersday #dad #september #gifts #games #men #toysthroughtime #gentleman #motique #sale #saturday #discount

9 months 1 day
What's one of the coolest features of our new exhibit "Toys Through Time: The History of American Fun" opening October 5??? These AWESOME interactive posters! The posters, designed by Kean students from The Robert Busch School of Design, will be throughout the exhibit and highlight some of our most fun toys! Through the free app LAYAR, you scan the poster and a 3D image will appear! Here, when the Mr. Machine poster is scanned, the actual TV commercial appears from 1960!! If you don't happen to have a smart phone, no worries! Liberty Hall will have iPads on hand to borrow that guests can use to see these amazing images! #libertyhallmuseum #toysthroughtime #layar #interactive #exhibit #museum #toyexhibit #vintage

What's one of the coolest features of our new exhibit "Toys Through Time: The History of American Fun" opening October 5??? These AWESOME interactive posters! The posters, designed by Kean students from The Robert Busch School of Design, will be throughout the exhibit and highlight some of our most fun toys! Through the free app LAYAR, you scan the poster and a 3D image will appear! Here, when the Mr. Machine poster is scanned, the actual TV commercial appears from 1960!! If you don't happen to have a smart phone, no worries! Liberty Hall will have iPads on hand to borrow that guests can use to see these amazing images! #libertyhallmuseum #toysthroughtime #layar #interactive #exhibit #museum #toyexhibit #vintage

9 months 1 week
Framing some classic 1940s radio advertisements to include in our highly anticipated exhibit Toys through Time: The History of American Fun. They are going to look great next to our 1940s RCA Sound Control Studio toy which would let kids make their own sound events for a radio show! The exhibit opens October 5, get ready to see displays of vintage toys!  #libertyhallmuseum #toysthroughtime #1940sradioshow #rca #exhibitprep #vintagetoys #oldadvertising #museumexhibit

Framing some classic 1940s radio advertisements to include in our highly anticipated exhibit Toys through Time: The History of American Fun. They are going to look great next to our 1940s RCA Sound Control Studio toy which would let kids make their own sound events for a radio show! The exhibit opens October 5, get ready to see displays of vintage toys! #libertyhallmuseum #toysthroughtime #1940sradioshow #rca #exhibitprep #vintagetoys #oldadvertising #museumexhibit

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Cowboys & Indians - an enviable collection of vintage toy soldiers #slm #toysthroughtime #mos

10 months 6 days
This is an enviable collection of miniature soldiers #toysthroughtime #mos

This is an enviable collection of miniature soldiers #toysthroughtime #mos

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