Geppi’s Entertainment Museum at Camden Yards (GEM) will break all the rules with an exciting new exhibit that invites visitors of all ages to experience pop culture “up close and personal.” Running through December in the museum’s Special Edition gallery, the exhibit titled “Out of the Box” allows a close-up look at today’s most popular characters through toys that can actually be touched and played with. All of the special exhibit toys will be displayed “out of the box” and ready for interactive fun.
“I’ve wanted to create an exhibit that was entertaining and educational but with a ‘hands on’ component,” said GEM’s, Melissa Geppi-Bowersox. “This is a chance to have a fun time playing with toys and to see how it all fits into the big picture of pop culture in our country.”
As always, GEM’s staff members have unleashed their creativity to ensure opening day is a festive and memorable experience for all. Plans include personal appearances by amusing three-dimensional costumed characters, a magician and a balloon artist. And for a final touch of fantasy, a face painter will be on hand so everyone can have the opportunity to look like their own favorite character.GEM’s Curator, Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg, explained the concept behind Out of the Box. “Parents can bring their kids to the museum and actually play with toys in a way that we just can’t do with the historic and antique items we have on display. It also provides a fascinating window on how children choose the icons that mean something to them, how toys shape one’s personality and life, and where the future of pop culture may be headed.”