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Ilkley Toy Museum, Ilkley
(2.5/5 based on 15 reviews on the web)
Ilkley Toy Museum in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, houses a private collection of toys dating from 350 BC to modern times, and is open to the public, schools and groups. It opens at weekends: see the website for weekday opening times, appointments and admission charges.GalleriesGround floor dolls' houses galleryAt the back is a 1940s English working model fairground automaton, which goes into action when one purchases a token and puts it in the slot placed under the window. See it working here. There is also a Hornby clockwork train lift.In this gallery is a large display of furnished dolls' houses, mainly Victorian, and mainly from Germany and England. They include Stafford House (1830) (see image), possibly named after Lancaster House, which was then a topical subject, being still in the process of building. There is an unusual dolls' house of Georgian appearance, with great, twisted pillars at the front, and Georgian furnishings and figures.Some of these dolls' houses are miniature shop displays, with minuscule and delicate objects on counters and shelves. There is thin glassware; there are miniature dolls; there is a tiny shopkeeper with little steel needles, holding real knitting. Tiny modern pieces of delicate crochet or tatting hang in some of these little shops as cloths and bags. The display includes a pet shop (see image) and butcher's shop (see image).
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TripAdvisor
  • This is a hidden gem for children and adults in Ilkley. Three rooms manage to pack in a large number of dolls houses, dolls, and children's games all clearly labelled and at a good viewing height. Hig...  more »
  • What a delight. From the moment we saw the giant Yeoman of the guard teddy outside we knew we were in for a treat. A truly brilliant museum. Offered excellent valuer and amazing collection upon collec...  more »
  • Only a small museum, but packed with items from a sixties childhood, there is a ground floor with dolls house and shop dioramas, including a fun fair. Upstairs there is a room full of dolls, some of t...  more »
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  • A very enjoyable museum for all ages