Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum
Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DT


20 Jul 2019

May The Toys Be With You – Opening Day

Witness the grand opening of the must-see summer exhibition!
The exhibition features vintage Star Wars toys and original cinema posters. There will be lots happening in Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum all day, with plenty of special guests (not all of them strictly human) including a visit from the Mayor of Worcester.

10.30am Be first through the doors to the exhibition, if you can get past our army of Stormtrooper guards. (Despite their scary appearance, our Stormtroopers have given up the Dark Side and will be available for selfies with you throughout the day!)

12 noon The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Allah Ditta, will officially open the exhibition in a ribbon-cutting ceremony – with a light-saber of course – accompanied by Stormtrooper guards and the dramatic Star Wars theme music.

All day Fun activities, selfie opportunities and the exhibition itself!


The opening day event for May The Toys Be With You has been sponsored by the Worcestershire Ambassadors.


About the exhibition

Saturday 20 July – Saturday 14 September 2019

From a galaxy far, far away comes an absolute must see for fans of Star Wars and the silver screen – one of the UK’s finest collections of vintage Star Wars toys and original cinema posters is going on display in a stunning exhibition brought to you by Museums Worcestershire.

Back when the movie Star Wars broke box office records in 1977 no one could have predicted that the merchandising would go on to earn even more than the film itself. The toys of Star Wars took the world by storm and became the must-have playthings for an entire generation. From 1977 – 1985 an estimated 300 million action figures were sold, allowing children to re-enact the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo.

May The Toys Be With You is both a celebration of the now highly collectible vintage toy line and also of the iconic design work and art of the Star Wars movies. From X-Wing Fighters to lightsabers, these fantastical designs have fired our imaginations and stamped their place on our cultural landscape. For little kids and ‘big kids’ alike this is an unmissable opportunity to view many rarely seen Star Wars treasures, and young Jedi may even have an opportunity to dress up and wield a lightsaber themselves!

Special events

Museum After Hours – Friday 16 August, 5.30 – 8pm, Free entry
Enjoy after-hours access to the exhibition, with space-related cocktails and perhaps even some extra-terrestrial goings on!

Bite size talk: Return of the Teddi Tuesday 13 August, 1 – 1.30pm, £3
A 30-minute insight into Star Wars and other classic toys from the Museums Worcestershire collections, with our curator.

Summer holiday activities

Throughout the summer, there’s fun for Star Wars fans of all ages! Dress up as your favourite character, enjoy interactive Star Wars inspired games, snap yourself in our selfie spot, or add to our Galaxy Wall – create paper cut out moons, stars, rockets and planets to decorate our Activity Space with your own space art! Plus…

Galaxy Pop Art (Family drop-in) – Wednesday 24 July, 11am – 3pm, £3
Based on the work of pop art artist Eduardo Paolozzi, we will be creating a space themed art work – using tiny mosaic tiles, nuts and bolts and paper collage materials.

Universe in a Box (Family drop-in) – Tuesday 30 July, 11am – 3pm, £3
Create a 3D universe with sparkly paint, modelling clay and plenty of moon dust!

Super Star Spaceships (Family drop-in) – Thursday 8 August, 11am – 3pm, £3
Using a whole range of exciting scraptastic material create your very own Millennium Falcon, Tie Fighter or Super Star destroyer.

May the costumes be with you! (Family drop-in) – Wednesday 14 August, 11am – 3pm, £3
Join us to make Lightsabers and Darth Vader tabards.

Stop-motion STAR WARS workshop!* – Monday 19 August, 11am – 3pm, £10 
Join Andy from Paradise Multimedia to make a short animation film. You will make fun plasticine figures and creatures, and learn how to film in short sequence. Following the workshop, Andy will post the video to you.
*Pre –booked session only (max.10), suitable for age 8 and above. Participants to bring a packed lunch.

Sun, Moon and Stars (Family drop-in) – Tuesday 27 August, 11am – 3pm, £3
Use all sorts of fun materials to create wall hangings and mobiles on the theme of planets.

May the force be strong on your visit…


  1. Hayley 19 July 2019 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    How much are the tickets for tomorrow’s Star Wars day

    • Rosie Smith 22 July 2019 at 11:33 am - Reply

      Hi Hayley, entry to May The Toys Be With You is totally free.

  2. LOZ 23 July 2019 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    How much time should it take to look around the exhibition?

    • Rosie Smith 29 July 2019 at 10:05 am - Reply

      Hi Loz, there are many things to see and activities to do in the exhibition, and it does depend on how much time you would like to spend looking at each object. It is spread over two rooms and includes cinema posters, Star Wars toys and larger displays, as well as interactive spaces like the dress up box and light sabers! The exhibition is on until 14th September 2019, so if you don’t get to see everything hopefully you could return for a second visit. I hope that helps.
      Best wishes,

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