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Experience the nation’s most popular toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms that bring the decades back to life.

Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s

A Century of Foreign Wars Gallery

Steam Siren, 1912 Enter Fullscreen More information
Steam Siren, 1912
Steam Siren, 1912, on loan from the Mariners Museum, Newport News, gift of Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company This siren was used to signal the stop and start of work at NNSDDC; in 1948 it was replaced by an electric siren.
Smith & Wesson pistol used by Capt. George Walker Patteson Enter Fullscreen More information
Smith & Wesson pistol used by Capt. George Walker Patteson
US Army Model 1917 Smith & Wesson pistol used by Capt. George Walker Patteson, 2011.45.3
Silver-plated trowel Enter Fullscreen More information
Silver-plated trowel
Silver-plated trowel used to lay cornerstone of the Central Intelligence Agency Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, 1959, on loan from the CIA Museum Collection
World War I gas mask Enter Fullscreen More information
World War I gas mask
World War I gas mask, 1917, that belonged to Major Fred Murchison Hodges, M.D., 1995.28.7.A-D
Phyllis Galanti dress Enter Fullscreen More information
Phyllis Galanti dress
Dress worn by Phyllis Galanti during her reunion with Lt. Cdr. Paul Galanti, 2005.302.A-B
Gen. George S. Patton briefcase Enter Fullscreen More information
Gen. George S. Patton briefcase
Briefcase belonging to Gen. George S. Patton, about 1945, 1991.131.3
Gen. George C. Marshal dog tags Enter Fullscreen More information
Gen. George C. Marshal dog tags
Dog Tags of Gen. George C. Marshall, about 1940, on loan from an anonymous lender.
Pentagon limestone block Enter Fullscreen More information
Pentagon limestone block
Limestone block from the section of the Pentagon burned in 2001 by terrorist attack, 2002.545.10
Steam Siren, 1912
Steam Siren, 1912
Smith & Wesson pistol used by Capt. George Walker Patteson
Smith & Wesson pistol used by Capt.
Silver-plated trowel
Silver-plated trowel
World War I gas mask
World War I gas mask
Phyllis Galanti dress
Phyllis Galanti dress
Gen. George S. Patton briefcase
Gen. George S. Patton briefcase
Gen. George C. Marshal dog tags
Gen. George C. Marshal dog tags
Pentagon limestone block
Pentagon limestone block