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Toys Ahoy


Toys Ahoy! is a new and fun exhibit that connects the young and the young at heart. With  almost 100 different items on display such as children’s books, games and toys, this exhibit will excite everyone of all ages! The collection includes wood and paper battleships, board games, play boats, puzzles, and other historic toys and collectibles from years gone by.

Through the duration of the exhibition, guests can enjoy multiple enhanced gallery experiences like building toy boats, and hearing stories and learning amazing facts from toy collectors and designers. For the holiday season, the Museum is sponsoring a maritime toy drive in conjunction with “Toys for Tots”, so please consider donating an unwrapped toy to a child in need. 

Come explore your childhood again and delight in this wonderful exhibit as we take you down memory lane with Toys Ahoy! at America’s National Maritime Museum where admission is only $1 per person!

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Kick-off Toys Ahoy! by donating a toy!
Donation box will be located in the Main Lobby.

In partnership with Toys for Tots, The Mariners’ Museum and Park is asking that Museum Members, guests, and staff take the opportunity to give a toy to a child in need.

Toys for Tots does not publish a list of appropriate toys to donate. If such a list were created, most would follow it, resulting in a limited selection of items to distribute in each community. Rather, we encourage you to consider what might be an appropriate gift for your own child/relative.

For questions, please contact Sara Weatherill at (757) 591-7715.

Toys for Tots prefers not to accept realistic looking weapons and gifts with food. If donated, such items will not be distributed.

Members’ Opening Day Celebration for Toys Ahoy!
Saturday, November 16, 2019 • 9 AM – 2 PM

Members, bring your family for a fun and exciting day as we present our newest exhibition, Toys Ahoy! A Maritime Childhood. Enjoy a light breakfast and refreshments, including a hot chocolate bar, and then set out on your adventure down memory lane.

With 100 different items on display such as children’s books, games, and toys, you will smile and laugh as you reminisce about your childhood. Even sweeter will be the children alongside you as this exhibition will connect both the young and the young at heart with family-fun activities, such as:

  • Hampton Roads LEGO User Group (HARDLUG)
  • Make-and-take crafts, such as build your own myriopticon, create a pirate flag, and more!
  • Rain Gutter Regatta story time, craft making, and more!
  • Buy tickets for a drawing of a holiday American Girl doll
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Click here to RSVP by November 9th or by calling (757) 591-5129

We ask that you will also consider bringing an unwrapped toy for our “Toys for Tots” drive!

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