Play Well explores the transformative power of play in childhood and in society at large.

Through toys, games, artworks and design from the mid-1800s to now, this exhibition investigates how we played as children and how children play now, as well as its importance in developing social bonds, emotional resilience and physical wellbeing. It examines the relevance of play in the adult world and its vital role in fostering imagination, enabling independent thought and challenging the status quo. From video games, playing blocks, comic strips and images of children playing in different environments such as playgrounds in the 1950s or refugee camps, to a play space by Adam James, Play Well invites visitors to consider the impact of play in our lives.

Play Well features the work of early education philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau and other theorists, as well as a chart that traces the evolution of LEGO ® products and pioneering playground designs by Dutch architect Aldo Van Eyck. Through games, toys, artworks, objects and archive documentation, this exhibition invites visitors to reflect on the changes of play in modern history as well as on its transformational capacity in all of us. But also, its importance in helping to create social connections while developing creativity and physical wellbeing.


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