Matthews Heritage Museum

Matthews, North Carolina

Matthews Heritage Museum

"Where Children Experience…and Adults Remember"

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Howdy Doody The Matthews Heritage Museum is pleased to announce its newest exhibit Toys of our Youth: A Collection of Toys of the 50s, 60s, and 70s on display from October 28, 2017 until January 27, 2018. From baby dolls and bride dolls, card games and games of skill, cowboys and stuffed animals, explore the toys that we all played with in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. In the early part of the 20th century, toys were simple often made of wood.

Toys in the 1950s took on a different appearance. After WWII, a flood of wind-up tin toys came from Japan. With the advent of TV, former book and radio characters became TV and movie stars such as Howdy Doody and Hopalong Cassidy and Mary Poppins. It wasn’t long before these became puppets and dolls and were being merchandised with other accessories.

In the 1960s toys reflected aspects of American society. GI Joe was the first major “action figure” based on the American Soldier or GI. Major Matt Mason, another action figure, lived and worked on the moon, a nod to America’s involvement in the Space Race. Other toys reflected characters on TV or in the movies.

In the 1970s trains and cars were popular as were board game and puzzle games.

Whatever our age, toys have been our constant companions. They helped us to escape, to dream, and to be inventive. Step back in time and remember your childhood!

The Matthews Heritage Museum located at 232 N. Trade Street is open Thursday to Saturday from 10 to 4:30 p.m. It is FREE the first Saturday of every month, otherwise there is a small admission fee.

To schedule a tour for school children, home-schoolers or senior groups, please call 704-708-4996. You can also contact the museum regarding a tour to Reservations for a guided tour are necessary.

Visit Us

Matthews Heritage Museum located at 232 North Trade Street,
downtown Matthews, North Carolina 28105

Open Thursday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $4 for individuals over 17, $2 for individuals 11 or older. Free for children 10 and under. The first Saturday of every month is free.

Guided Tours

Guided tours are available to the visiting public. Schools can schedule a guided tour by calling 704-708-4996. Admission is $4 per person, $2 for young people 11-17, children 10 and under are free. Parking is available on the street and behind the museum.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Museum is beginning to get scouts, senior groups and schools to schedule tours at the museum. We are looking for volunteers to join the already dozen women and men who are conducting guided tours of the museum. You will learn the local history of Matthews, from the early settlers to the present. Share the stories of yesteryear with our guests. Each volunteer is asked to take two shifts of 3 hours at the museum, or give two tours a month. Training is given on the first Tuesday of every month in the morning. In addition to learning history, you will enjoy getting to know this interesting group. Occasionally the volunteers will take trips to other historic sites of interest.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer, please call 704-708-4996 during our operating hours. Thank you for considering becoming a docent for the Matthews Heritage Museum…. Where children experience and adults remember.

Artwork by Sharon Schwenk - "The Yellow House on Trade"

Artist painting