Spotlight Artist

Barbie was created by Ruth Handler, one of the founders of Mattel Toy Company in 1958 for her daughter, Barbara. This beautiful, shapely fashion doll became game-changing for the toy industry and has endured for 65 years! The Barbie empire has expanded to include a companion, Ken, as well as a variety of “Friend” dolls. Barbie and Ken now represent 22 ethnicities and 35 skin tones. 

On display:  MAA is exhibiting a variety of mostly pre-1970’s Barbie, Ken, and “friend” models, along with outfits, popular doll wardrobe cases, clothes, accessories, and interesting reference materials, sure to invoke a happy state of nostalgia!

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