Thank you, Allan; what wonderful memories.
I'm with you on valuing and appreciating the items of everyday life in museums, more than the frescoes, jewelry, and "more valuable" artifacts. I remember being so touched, many years ago, visiting a Native American museum at (I think) Grand Teton National park. What caught my eye - and my heart - was the display of toys.
Toys! You can't get more personal but yet mundane, than the sight of what kids were playing with in different times and different cultures. And the toys were not that different from what our kids play with - excepting high tech stuff, of course - dolls, tiny models of tools and weapons, tiny versions of household items, hunting and farming implements. Tiny beaded moccasins reminded me of the samplers girls used to make in colonial days: something to practice skills that will be needed later in life.
Far more telling than fancy, specialty use, items, don't you think?