Exhibit on view: March 16, 2018 - September 2019
Photo: Toy airplane, about 1950

Cape Fear Museum’s PlayTime!  exhibit will open on March 16, 2018.

This lively, colorful, family-friendly exhibit showcases hundreds of toys and games from the Museum’s extensive toy collection.  Maybe you’ll find your favorite among the puzzles, tops, dolls, toy trains, blocks, video games, and other historic toys and games on view!

Spend time playing in PlayTime! Spin a top, and see which one spins the longest. Roll the dice and play an oversized version of a vintage board game, “King of the Turf.” Build a ball run from oversized pieces.  Let out your inner artist by creating a magnetic mosaic masterpiece. Dress up and act out a skit on a stage.  Play with some modern examples of the historic toys on display.

Adults and children alike will enjoy viewing toys from the past, and have fun playing together. Make every time PlayTime!

Preview Party

Join Cape Fear Museum Associates for a preview party on Thursday, March 15 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Enjoy an evening of games, board-game-themed cocktails, live music, and MORE.


  • $20 for members
  • $30 for non-members


Sponsorship opportunities are available. Benefits include exposure in advertising campaigns, insider tours and tickets to the event. Learn more here.



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