State Library of South Australia

Play: Objects of play from the State Library of South Australia’s collections

Date: 10 February 2017 to 28 May 2017

Location: Treasures Wall, first floor Spence Wing

Note: Free entry, open during library hours

Items from the State Library of South Australias Childrens Literature Research Collection.
Items from the State Library of South Australia’s Children’s Literature Research Collection

This delightful exhibition explores the history of play using over 150 toys, games and stories from the unique collections of the State Library of South Australia.

Discover aspects of play including music, dance, theatre, outdoor activity, militaria toys, children's clubs, Aboriginal childhood, science fiction, universal toys used across generations and the fleeting found objects of play.

Most pieces are drawn from the Children's Literature Research Collection, one of the State Library's premier heritage research collections, in a display of never-before-seen objects and old favourites.

This exhibition is sure to evoke memories and create new ones as you think about what play is and what it means for you and your family.

Fun for all ages at the State Library of South Australia.

Come and play games replicated from the Library's collection including giant board games, magnetic games, block puzzles and spinning toys. Search for invisible clues hidden inside the Curio Cabinet.

Available every day during Library opening hours*.

*Note school groups visiting between 10am to 1.30pm weekdays, during term time, have priority access to the games.

Primary School Teachers: You might be interested in our education program, A Playful Past, suitable for primary school classes years 3 to 5.


The Library is proud to announce Langhorne Creek Wine and Adelaide Mini Garage as the official partner for PLAY.

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