“Toy Time” features toys that spin, walk and roll; toys that are really larger than life. “It's just a lot of fun, it's filled with opportunities for families to get together, play, more importantly have fun here at the Cape Fear Museum,” said Jacob Rudolph of Cape Fear Museum. It is an exhibit that catches the attention of both young and old. “There's been some squealing, there's been responses from grandparents talking to children about how these are the kind of toys they played with when they were a child,” said Rudolph. “There has been amazement from children that there are toys that run on things other than batteries - that run on pure old fashioned laws of physics.” While the toys might make you relive your youth, the next exhibit will make you go a little farther back in time, by a few thousand years. “The Ancient Carolinians” shows the life of people who lived and thrived in this region 12,000 years ago. “You learn about what a scientist does to dig up archaeological dig sites and a lot about what the culture of people who lived here 12,000 years ago would have done, cooked with, carried with them and how they lived,” Rudolph said. The last exhibit also focuses on people, but these folks are a little more modern and quite athletic. The Sports Hall of Fame showcases memorabilia from well known sports personalities from the region like Althea Gibson, Meadowlark Lemon and NASCAR great Hoss Ellington. “These athletes, these sports figures, that went on to larger cities and other places around the country and truly around the world were diplomats for this region,” added Rudolph. Much like the athletes, these three exhibits will also move on, and once they are gone – they are gone. Here is an added incentive. New Hanover County residents can get into the museum for free Sunday. These three exhibits will end on Labor Day.
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