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Spies and Space: Toys of the Cold War

February 3 - April 27

An Exhibition by SuperMonster市 City!

As the last battles of World War II waned, a new conflict was brewing between the world’s two new superpowers, the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Fought through the veil of rhetoric, secrets, and the race to outer space, the Cold War infiltrated every aspect of life, permeating both American and USSR popular culture. Toys, games, comics, and popular media quickly reflected the espionage, space exploration, and growing political tension of the real world.

Russian Board Game

Star Trek Comic #30

Built from the personal collection of SuperMonster市 City! co-founder David Barnhill, Spies and Space: Toys of the Cold War features vintage spy and space themed objects curated by SuperMonster市 City! co-founder Stephen Rueff. Experience how real life events like the launch of Sputnik 1, the Apollo moon landing, the Berlin ‘bridge of spies’ prisoner exchange launched a new genre of popular culture, including alien figurines, spy gadgets and new TV and film franchises like James Bond 007, Star Trek, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

David Barnhill & Stephen Rueff

Join the Sheboygan County Museum from February 3 to April 27, 2024, and delve into a world of Cold War era mystery, adventure, exploration and play with the traveling exhibit Spies and Space: Toys of the Cold War, an exhibit of SuperMonster市 City! Included with regular museum admission.
Celebrate SCM’s first new exhibit of 2024 by dropping in February 3 for a full day of special offerings!
10:30–11:30am | Learn!
Catch a talk with the traveling exhibit’s Collector David Barnhill and Curator Stephen Rueff. Collector David Barnhill will share his passion for pop culture and talk about the exhibit which contains hundreds of vintage toys, comic books, games and more. Curator Stephen Rueff will discuss how the exhibit reflects the real-world drama and intrigue of international espionage, and the fascination with outer space, that seeped into American and Soviet popular culture during the Cold War era.
1:00–3:00pm | Participate!
Make an alien craft and considering how you define “alien.”
Enjoy casual conversations and tours of the exhibit with David Barnhill and Stephen Rueff.

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February 3
April 27
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