WESTPORT — Leisure time, through the lens of history, is the focus of the new “Playful Pastimes” exhibit opening March 8 at the Westport Museum for History and Culture.

The exhibit, highlighting how people spend their free time at the turn of the 19th Century, will open with a reception at 5 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the museum, 25 Avery Place. (Museum members will be able to tour the exhibit in advance from 4 to 5 p.m.)

“Playful Pastimes,” encompassing four galleries, will be on exhibit from March 9 through Dec. 28, during regular museum hours.

The exhibit is “the most interactive exhibit ever built by the museum,” according to a publicity release, featuring a big-top style layout.

Among the features will be a replica trolley, fun-house mirror, magnet wall, video touchscreens and more, designed to convey what the era’s amusements were like.

The display also will include images and memorabilia from Staples High School sports teams, a wooden bicycle, an homage to silent film and more.

“This exhibit is a celebration of the joy and creativity found in the leisure pursuits of yesteryear,” Ramin Ganeshram, the museum director, said in announcing the exhibit.

“We’ve worked to create an immersive experience that not only showcases rarely seen artifacts from our collection, but also invites visitors to actively engage with history in a dynamic and interactive way,” she added.

The exhibit also examines the “social dynamics of who had access to leisure time and who did not, offering a thought-provoking look at the inequalities of the past,” the museum’s announcement said.

For more information, visiting the Westport Museum for History and Culture website or call 203-222-1424.