19th Jan, 2020

A galaxy of fun fills the gallery

Rob George 6th Sep, 2019

A RECORD-BREAKING number of city residents have packed into the city’s art gallery and museum to visit a must-see exhibition for fans of Star Wars and the silver screen.

The May The Toys Be With You display of vintage Star Wars toys has seen a staggering 20,000 vistors take a step into a galaxy far, far away in the last five weeks.

It’s the first time the exhibition has been on display in the West Midlands and visitors have until next Saturday (September 14) to view the collection before it closes.

The exhibition features one of the UK’s finest collections of vintage Star Wars toys and original cinema posters. The toys of Star Wars took the world by storm and became the must-have playthings for an entire generation.

From 1977 to 1985 an estimated 300 million action figures were sold, allowing children to re-enact the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo.

Little kids and big kids alike have been enjoying the opportunity to view many rarely seen Star Wars treasures and take their own Star Wars selfie, enjoy hands-on activities in the Millennium Falcon cockpit and chill in the Death Star reading and soft play area as well as enjoying a number of special activity days in the school holidays.

Many visitors have chosen to come in their own Star Wars costumes.

This touring exhibition has broken visitor attendance records at a host of museums around the country and Worcester is no exception, with July and August seeing record museum attendance.

Museums Worcestershire marketing manager Helen Large said: “The exhibition has been a resounding success, we are pleased that it has captured the imagination of so many people and it is great to be able to bring this exhibition to Worcester.

“We will be sorry to see it go in September, however there’s always lots at the Art Gallery and Museum for families to do and see, even when C-3PO isn’t in the building.”

May The Toys Be With You is free and open Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Call 01905 25371, visit www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk or follow @worcestermuseum on Twitter for more.

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