The exhibit features mechanical toys dating from the late 1800s to the mid-20th century. No plastics here: the toys are made of painted tin, tinplated steel, and cast iron. Show above is a mechanical tin beetle made by E. P. Lehmann of Germany, patent in 1895.
The exhibit opens to the public on Friday, February 2oth, 2009.
Here is where you can get more information on the Batteries Not Included! toy exhibit.