The Legend of Hong Kong Toys
March 2 @ 10:00 am - May 15 @ 7:00 pm
The Legend of Hong Kong Toys celebrates the time when the city was once the world’s largest toy exporter. High-quality, low-cost toys drew international brands to the city looking for factories to carry out production. Meanwhile, local toy manufacturers strived to create their own brands and tapped into overseas markets with premium products, taking Hong Kong-made toys to the world’s arena. When it all started, Hong Kong was virtually unheard of and toys marked “Made in Hong Kong” were even sent back. As Hong Kong gradually built a reputation, however, “Made in Hong Kong” became a guarantee of good quality.
The Hong Kong Museum of History has partnered with the Hong Kong Toys Council and the Toys Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong to organise this exhibition. It showcases around 2,000 toys familiar to Hong Kong people or made locally and explores the evolution of toys in the past century and the way Hong Kong became a toy kingdom. The exhibition also examines how the entertainment industry in the forms of animation, comics, cinema and television influences trends and production of toys. It also illustrates functions of toys beyond fun and play, and the way toys adapted to changing times. The exhibition venue shall feature a play area for children.
The Hong Kong Museum of History was established in July 1975 when the City Museum and Art Gallery was split into the Hong Kong Museum of History and Hong Kong Museum of Art. But some of the Museum’s collections date back to the City Museum and Art Gallery founded in 1962 at the City Hall. In 1983, the Museum was moved to the temporary accommodation in Kowloon Park. It was moved to its present premises on Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui in 1998.