The Good. The Bad. The Collectable.

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By The Staff


Turret Staff Writer


Toys come in all shapes and sizes, makes and models, and levels of hardness and plushness. There are also levels of simplicity and complexity.

By definition, toys are something designed for amusement or diversion rather than practical use.

Frazier International History Museum is taking a look at this unique subject in its new exhibit, “The Good. The Bad. The Cuddly.” The newest exhibit at the museum features toys and artwork from the popular Disney/Pixar Toy Story movies, along with other movie-inspired toys from over the past 75 years.

“The thing I like about this exhibitee"as much as it’s fun and it appeals to kidsee"it also has a real history element to it,” said Krista McHone the director of public relations and marketing for the museum.

Ms. McHone explained how you can look at the years the toys were popular and compare them with what was going on in the world. There are also informational placards on the walls throughout the exhibit.

“It’s educational but still fun,” she added.

Visitors can view a variety of toys like Mickey Mouse, Barbie, He-Man, Star Trek and Star Wars action figures, as well as the Toy Story toys. There is even a seven-foot-long G.I. Joe aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Flagg, play set on display.

Museum patrons can also play with a Slinky and create their own artwork at the artist’s draft table. At the end of the exhibit there are play station tables where kids and kids-at-heart can play with Etch-a-Sketches, a Rubik’s Cube, Rock’em Sock’em Robots, or Connect Four.

Throughout the exhibit the Toy Story characters are featured in vignettes from classic and popular films like the Wizard of Oz and Jurassic Park.

For many, a trip through the exhibit is a trip down memory lane.

“Another cool thing about this exhibit is the multigenerational aspect of it,” said Ms. McHone. “We were (trying) to really create a sense of nostalgia, whether it’s for people our age, people our parents’ age, or people our grandparents’ age.”

On Dec. 11 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the Frazier Museum will host “Toys, Trees, and Traditions,” a holiday celebration especially for families and children. In conjunction with the Christmas tree exhibit, “Holidays Around the World” and “The Good. The Bad. The Cuddly” toys exhibit, the Frazier Museum will host an international holiday festival and bazaar featuring live entertainment, games, crafts, and demonstrations. Event admission is free for Kids Club members.

The exhibit runs through March 27 and tickets are included in the cost of museum admission. Adult admission is $9.50, children ages 5-17 are $6, and military with ID cards are $8.

For more information about “The Good. The Bad. The Cuddly,” “Holidays Around the World,” and other exhibits and events visit www.fraziermuseum.org or call (502) 753-5663. Frazier International History Museum is located at 829 West Main St. in downtown Louisville.

The museum is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

The museum will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.