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One Family’s Hidden Museum of Retro-Future Artifacts

Meet the Kleemans and their vast collection of space-age toys and ephemera.

How does a father-son hobby grow to become a massive collection of space-age toys and memorabilia? Today the private Space Age Museum is a sprawling archive that pervades the Kleeman family’s home and converted hay barn in Litchfield, Connecticut. A key aspect of their collection is interactivity—a sense of active participation reflected shifting attitudes about space exploration over the decades, says John Kleeman.

In the video above, Atlas Obscura goes deep inside the Space Age Museum, and discovers how the Kleeman family’s passion project changed their lives. For more on the Space Age Museum, you can also read our recent feature story.

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