Barbie You Can Be Anything The Experience at The Strong

Breaking Boundaries: Barbie’s Legacy Illuminated at The Strong

The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York welcomes Barbie You Can Be Anything: The Experience to its schedule of temporary exhibits.

Barbie’s Keys to Fame Game from Mattel (1963)

In the Barbie’s Keys to Fame Game from Mattel, players explored career aspirations.

Barbie the Movie Toys and Games from Mattel

Mattel celebrates the release of Barbie: The Movie with an abundance of movie tie-ins, including toys and games.

Barbie and The Rockers from Mattel (1986)

In 1986, Mattel released Barbie and The Rockers, its homage MTV-influenced rock ‘n roll fashion, and a rival to Hasbro’s Jem and the Holograms doll line.

The Strong National Museum of Play Launches Barbie Digitization Initiative

The Strong National Museum of Play announces a new project to digitize its collection of Barbie dolls, clothing, and accessories.

David Mansour, Barbie

David Mansour is a Barbie collector. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, David advocates for taking the dolls out of the box and explains how a birthday gift of seven dolls grew to a collection of 2,000.

Barbie Bubble Gum Shop from Mattel (1995)

“It’s so fantastic, you’ll wanna pop…”

Francie, Barbie’s Modern Cousin from Mattel (1966)

In 1966, Mattel released Francie Fairchild, a new fashion doll representing “the swinging teenage world that every little girl wants to join.”

Barbie’s Dream Boat from Mattel (1974)

Barbie and friends could take to the high seas in style when Mattel released Barbie’s Dream Boat in 1974.

Barbie & Francie Color Magic Fashion Designer Set from Mattel (1966)

Designed to appeal to budding junior fashion designers, Color Magic kits allowed children to change the colour or decorations of Barbie’s outfits on a whim.

Barbie Fashion Designer CD-ROM from Mattel (1996)

Released in 1996 by Mattel Media, the Barbie Fashion Designer CD-ROM allowed children to create custom clothes for their Barbie dolls.

Barbie DreamHouse from Mattel

Mattel released the twelfth edition of its iconic Barbie DreamHouse and Barbie’s new abode includes modern updates.