Ilkley Toy Museum, Ilkley

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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.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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  • Arrived to first of all to be told it’s cash only and they don’t take cards. One room with display in and then 2 rooms upstairs with displays. There is no lift up the stairs so struggled with a pram. ...  more »
  • My husband and I visited this lovely museum on a recent trip to Ilkley where we saw well presented displays of some amazing toys, some of which we have never seen the like before - and we have seen a ...  more »
  • There are some really interesting old toys here, particularly the dolls houses. I personally could have spent ages looking at all the detail in the tiny replicas of shops and houses. There are 3 rooms...  more »
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  • Not enough exhibits for the entrance fee
  • A very enjoyable museum for all ages
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