The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York—also known as the “National Museum of Play"—is every toy-loving historian's dream come true.
This nostalgic dreamland contains more than half a million objects that span centuries. The collections are divided into categories like board games, dolls, arcade games, and general toys including action figures and yo-yos. (Fear not, '90s kids: There is no shortage of Furbys at this museum, either.)
Great Big Story met up with the four curators for these respective categories to better understand the scope of their jobs. Nicolas Ricketts, who manages a collection of around 10,000 board games, explains that toys offer an alternate lens through which people can see and understand history.
(Thought experiment: Can you name 10,000 board games? No cheating.)
Watch the video from Great Big Story below: