National Farm Toy Museum, Dyersville

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The National Farm Toy Museum is a museum located in Dyersville, Iowa, that specializes in preserving and displaying scale models, replicas, and toys based on farm equipment. The initial idea of the museum came from the founders of the Ertl Company, Dave Bell and Claire Scheibe.HistoryThe National Farm Museum was founded in 1986; the founding of the museum arose from a discussion between Dave Bell and Claire Scheibe about needing a bigger space for the coming National Farm Toy Shows.PresentThe museum has over 30,000 guests each year and about 30,000 farm toys; it is also the center of the National Farm Toy Show. The National Farm Toy Museum includes one of the largest collections of cast iron farm toys. The museum is a part of yearly toy shows in June and November. The first floor of the museum has a 10-minute short film for guests to watch, about toy production in Dyersville and farm toy aficionados talking about their collections. The floor also includes a play area, dioramas of farm homesteads, and small exhibits that detail how toys are produced. The second floor has many farm toys stored in cases, truck toys in cases, and a collection of cowboy and Native American dolls. The museum also houses a gift shop. Ertl CEO Fred Ertl Jr.'s personal farm toy collection was auctioned off at the National Farm Toy Museum after he retired. Thanks in part to the museum, but also to the fact that three farm toy companies are located in Dyersville, the city is known as the Farm Toy Capital of the World.
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  • We Come for the National farm toy show every year. It's a nice place to visit and see the history. Nice to see farm toys are still being made in USA.  more »
  • The collections of farm toys throughout the years and dioramas are spectacular. Would be interesting for all ages. Great for adults who enjoy learning new things.  more »
  • I sent an email to ask if they would stay open late as I was driving from Chicago and they said yes which was very good of them. Well worth a visit if you're interested in that type of stuff.  more »
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  • Super fun collection of neat tractors. My favorite were the cows and neat barns and descriptions. Kids had a great time and my husband loved coming back again.
  • If you like farm toys or just want something different to this place was a lot of fun. Lots of gifts in the store.
  • This place was pretty neat. It had all the farm toys from all ages. Pretty interesting.
  • Great place to see all kinds of farm tractors & displays
  • Great place to see the old toys you played with when you were young.

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