The museum houses both vintage and modern toys making it a great place for all the family!
Throughout the museum see many of our toys housed in mini worlds! Our model landscapes show both the everyday and the fantastical. Many have been made by talented craftsmen and women.
The centrepiece of the museum is an 00 gauge model railway which provides a showcase for many vintage models as part of the landscape.
A model of the Sidmouth station created by Richard Harper is on permanent static display in the museum. The layout represents the former London & South Western Railway terminus as it appeared in the early 1960s.
Toys are often great indicators of social context at the time. In the late 60s to 70s sci-fi and media such as Doctor Who and Star Wars took off, unsurprisingly in the wake of the moon landings. You can also witness how toys have changed overtime; from dolls with porcelain heads and die-cast cars to the Lego action figures of today.
Our models are also accompanied by the history they represent. This Titanic model made of 22,000 matchsticks is accompanied with the story of the Titanic and its survivors.
Including Rupert Bear and Sooty - Andy Pandy, Muffin the Mule, and James Bond...
Watch teddy bears come to life in our Steiff Automatons!
From porcelain heads to Barbie and Sindy dolls
Remember family board games around the dining table