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Fifteen years ago, Matt Broussard started collecting toys in the apartment above his garage in the Heights. When he showed his collection to people, they always left amazed by the number of toys he owned and nostalgic for the toys that made their childhood.

Matt, 35, once mentioned to his wife, Sara Broussard, 36, that his dream was to show people his toys for a living. Sarah suggested to him to create a museum, and fifteen years later, this dream becomes reality.

Matt and Sarah are preparing to open the Houston Toy Museum on October 6 after a soft opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony the day before. The museum will be located at 321 W. 19th Street, Suite C.

Sarah will be the director of the museum and Matt will be the head of toys. Together, they hope the thousands of toys they display will not only bring nostalgia to museum visitors, but also educate them about how history has helped shape toys and how toys have helped shape life. ‘story.

“You can see how the world is through toys,” Matt said.

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The museum will showcase the toys, their inventors, and the artists behind their design and branding. The museum will also show a timeline of popular toys through the decades and how certain world events have impacted toy production and the future of toys.

The museum will also show visitors how toys have reinforced gender stereotypes for several decades and how certain races are represented by toys compared to others.

“We’ll show gender-stereotypical toys, where girls have been given toys from maternal roles almost training them to be housewives,” Matt said, “and we’ll also dive into the racial insensitivity of some toys, where some were blatantly racist.”

Matt said not all of the toys he collects are vintage or obscure, as he started his collection by buying the toys he had as a kid.

Now he has too many toys to count. He believes there are thousands of them.

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“Some toys may be in their original packaging to showcase the artist who drew the art on the box,” Matt said. “Your imagination didn’t start when you opened the box. It started when you saw the box and saw the world created by the artist and knew then that you could create an equally complex world.”

Matt hopes to keep changing the museum over time so that each time visitors come, they see something new and different.

“And also because there are too many toys to display all at once,” Matt said. “We would need a much bigger building.”

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