Brighton Toy and Model Museum
Located in Brighton, East Sussex, this museum opened its doors for the first time in 1991. More than 10,000 models and toys are contained in the museum’s massive inventory. Some of these are priceless model train collections. The display area has two model railway layouts that are operational. Displays from toy makers including Steiff, Meccano, Hornby Trains, Carette, Bing, Pelham Puppets, Dinky and Bassett-Lowke can be found here. Visitors can view a wide variety of working models, including the Spitfire planes in the lobby. There is free admission to the first arch of the museum. This contains the shops and foyer areas. The museum is a registered charity.
Ilkley Toy Museum
Located in Ilkley, West Yorksire, this museum was founded in 2002. It has a collection that consists of toys from 350 BC to the present. The ground floor features a large variety of furnished doll houses. The majority of these were made in Germany and England. Many of them feature a Victorian design. The gallery on the first floor has two sections. One features toys made from paper and wood, games, lead figures and tin plate toys. There is also a large selection of toy cars and soldiers from many different eras. The other first floor section features dolls and stuffed animals.
Pollock’s Toy Museum
Located in London, England, this museum was opened in 1956 by Marguerite Fawdry in a single room in an attic on Monmouth Street, not far from Covent Garden. The museum became a success, requiring additional rooms to be added. The ground floor of the museum eventually became a toy shop. The collection features construction and mechanical toys, folk toys from Europe, toy theatres, composition and wax dolls, board games, teddy bears, miniatures, dolls from China and much more. In 1969, the collection was so large that the museum moved to 1 Scala Street. Once again, the ground floor was turned into a toy shop to aid in the financing of the museum. The grandson of Marguerite Fawdry currently runs the museum. The museum is in two houses that are connected. One was built in the 1700s, the other in the 1800s. Narrow, winding staircases connect all of the rooms. This museum is the definition of sensory overload. No matter where you look, there is something new to see.