Barbie at the Strong Museum of Play

You may have noticed I haven’t posted a new Barbie dress in a little while and only digital items are available in my Etsy shop at the moment. That’s because my husband and I are currently on vacation in Rochester, NY. Today, we visited the Strong Museum of Play, in downtown Rochester, which has a nice exhibit about Barbie. According to some articles we read about the museum, they also have the papers of Carol Spencer, a former Barbie designer, in their archives (available to researchers by appointment).

The exhibit was called Material Girl: Inside the Closet of America’s Favorite Doll, and included Barbies from the 1960’s to present.
Barbie and the Handlers were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.
Barbie dioramas by Julie Conner.

Rochester, NY, is also home to a couple waterfalls and is very close to Lake Ontario. The arts community is huge here and they host many, many festivals. We’re about a week or so ahead of prime leaf peeping season, but the scenery has been gorgeous, nonetheless. And the town is full of huge victorian mansions.

Top: Upper falls in downtown Rochester, NY. Bottom left: Lower falls, north of downtown Rochester. Bottom Right: Lake Ontario.

Heading home bright and early tomorrow morning, and then it’s back to sewing!