Barbie Exhibit at the Indianapolis Children's Museum

Hitty Gale Indiana

By Hitty Gale, a Gale Lyons Hitty

During an Indiana vacation, we went to the Children's Museum in Indinapolis.  Amanda and Sam, the adopted humans of Hitty Amelia, were members and could go as often as they wanted. 

"What was a museum and who would want to be a member?" I wondered silently.  Was it similar to an antique shop?  I know about antique shops.  The "real Hitty" was found in an antique shop and her adventures are chronicled in her book "Hitty, Her First Hundred Years".

Not quite knowing what to expect, I was placed inside Shirley's purse along with her camera and her phone.  (We often travel together)

Children's Museum Indianapolis Indiana

Children's Museum Indianapolis Indiana

Hitty at the Children's Museum

Scary Stuff at the Children's Museum

Hitty at the Children's Museum

I feel pretty small here!

I saw some interesting and scary things and was happy to learn that we were going to see the Barbie Collection that was on loan from Mattel.  

2010 Barbie Exhibit at the Children's Museum

2010 Barbie Exhibit at the Children's Museum

Shirley remembers the first Barbie dolls.  She was nine years old and one of her friends received a Barbie doll for Christmas.  When she learned to sew, she made Barbie clothes and sold them to her friends.

When her daughters, Nancy and Amanda received Barbie dolls, Shirley started making doll clothes again.  Some of our favorite displays are shown below.

Charlotte Johnson Barbie Designer

Charlotte Johnson designed Barbie's first wardrobe

Hitty cannot wear Barbie Hand-me-downs

Unfortunately, I cannot wear Barbie Clothes

Barbie Fashion Shop

Barbie Fashion Shop

Barbie Camper

Barbie Camper

Barbie and the Rockers

Barbie and the Rockers

While we enjoyed and oohed and aahed over the Barbie dolls, the guys with us went their own way.  They were more interested in the race cars and trains.

Children's Museum Indianapolis

Children's Museum Indianapolis

Children's Museum Indianapolis

 

 

 



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