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352 S. Nova Road

Dow Museum of Historic Houses Daytona Beach, Florida 32114

Gamble Place at Spruce Creek


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BARBIE ® DOLL: Celebrating 50 Years of an American Icon
November 28, 2008 thru April 5, 2009
Daytona Beach, FL – BARBIE ® DOLL: Celebrating 50 Years of an American Icon is scheduled to open Friday, November 28, 2008 at the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts & Sciences. In celebration of Barbie® doll’s 50th birthday, March 9, 2009, a retrospective story of this most enduring toy icon will be told through the spectacular display of over 400 dolls from the private collection of Jo Anne Winspur. The exhibition will feature Barbie® dolls modeling everything from casual sportswear to Parisian haute couture dating from the original 1959 Barbie® Dolls into today.

“This is not a children’s exhibit, though the children will love it,” said MOAS executive director Wayne Atherholt. “Besides featuring fine, rare examples of Barbie and everything Barbie, it reveals changing styles and standards in the wider culture. And, with the graphics and merchandising elements – like the use of color in the 1970 Barbie Camper, it’s a really neat exhibit.”

Highlights of the exhibition include 9 Barbie® Dolls adorned is stunning custom couture designed by famed Hollywood designer Bob Mackie. Also, large scale vintage play sets including the 1960’s ‘Barbie® Goes to College’ Campus featuring a drive in movie theater, football stadium, graduation ceremony, dorm rooms and a sweet shop.

Barbie® Doll’s many friends and family will also be featured including Steffie, Cara, Julia, Midge, Skipper and of course Ken – just to name a few.

Barbie ® Doll is a phenomenon and can be found world wide in 140 countries. Created in 1959, Barbie ® Doll began life reflecting the “All-American Girl.” But as time has firmly moved us beyond the seas and onto the moon, Barbie ® Doll has emerged as a detective, an archeologist, a pilot, and of course an astronaut.

MOAS will be hosting many spring events in celebration of Barbie® Doll’s 50th birthday in Spring of 2009.

Diverse collections unite at the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS). Located in a beautiful 90-acre natural setting in Daytona Beach, MOAS is the primary art, history and science museum of Central Florida. Planetarium and laser shows daily. Museum Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday - Saturday) and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Sunday). Museum admission is $12.95 for adults, $6.95 for children 6-17, $10.95 for seniors and students, members and children 5 and under are free. Admission includes planetarium shows. MOAS is fully accessible to the disabled. MOAS is located at 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114. For more information call 386/255-0285 or visit our web site at:
These programs are sponsored in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the County of Volusia. The Museum of Arts and Sciences is in association with the Smithsonian Institution.

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