University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
School of Architecture College of Design

America's Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains


October 10, 2015- January 3, 2016




American culture from 1950 – 1980 was defined by change – from the Cold War to the Vietnam War, from Civil Rights to hippies – and toys reflected these hopes and anxieties. This exhibition includes characters that are reappearing in today’s movies and media or that have never left. Featuring over 300 original toys and artifacts this exhibition is sure to spark memories for the young and young at heart.


Master Toy Collector: David Barnhill

Curator: Stephen Rueff

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America's Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains Press


Newspaper Articles:

Star Tribune: Two Twin Cities collectors are still playing with toys Press: It's a great time to see 'America's Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains

City Pages: 21 Best things to do: October 8-14: America's Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains

AIGA Minnesota Distiller: America's Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains

Park Bugle: It's toys, toys, toys, toys!

Best of the Twin Cities: Best Museum Exhibition

Murphy News Service: Memories of Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains Come Alive

TV News:

Fox 9 Morning news: New exhibit "America's Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains" shows history of toy desgin



MPR News: Monster toy exhibit isn't just child's play


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Contact Information

Goldstein Museum of Design

364 McNeal Hall,

1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-624-7434 |

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