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Pollocks Toy Museum, London

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Pollock's Toy Museum is a small museum in London, England.It was started in 1956 in a single attic room at 44 Monmouth Street, near Covent Garden, above Benjamin Pollock's Toy Shop, where Pollock's Toy Theatres were also sold. As the enterprise flourished, other rooms were taken over for the museum and the ground floor became a toyshop. By 1969 the collection had outgrown the Monmouth Street premises and Pollock's Toy Museum moved to 1 Scala Street, with a museum shop on the ground floor to contribute to its support. The museum continues today to be run by the grandson of the founder Marguerite Fawdry.
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  • August 21, 2017
    A trip down memory lane. Lots of toys of yesterday that did not require batteries or electricity. Entrance fee is modest and reasonable. The musueum is quaint and could do with brightening up, but not...  more »
  • June 30, 2017
    We visited this quirky little museum again while visiting other attractions nearby. The museum is a very interesting place, it is in two old houses close to the British Museum and there are a lot of r...  more »
  • June 19, 2017
    A wonderful quirky museum with a great range of historic toys, from building block sets to toy theaters to original Sooty and Sweeps puppets. And the building has great historic charm as well. A nice ...  more »
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  • breathtaking collection of peculiar and bizarre beauty; the most amazing museum I've ever been to.
  • In a small house on a quiet street in Fitzrovia is a treasure trove of antique toys from all over the world. It's a real gem for toy/ history aficionados. Be warned though - there are a lot of stairs to move through the different exhibits so maybe opt for the gift shop instead of the full museum tour if you have trouble climbing.
  • Very good collection of old toys. Entrance ticket costs £6
  • Definitely worth a visit! Really quirky, and atmospheric. The doll room is very sinister but you'll probably want to spend most of your time in here!
  • Great little shop, haven't tried the museum yet, but will be back. The shop assistant was really friendly and patient with my daughter, showing her the great toys on offer, and playing the amazing mechanical music box.

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