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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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  • My husband has a toy tractor collection so I thought he might enjoy the museum. Interesting place with toys that you wouldn't see. It brought back childhood memories for the husband. Beware that the o...  more »
  • Brought my 3 and 5 year olds here. I really enjoyed the exhibits, very interesting. As it turns out, they are far more interested in toys that they can PLAY with. Congratulations to our friends, Gerry...  more »
  • This has to be one of the largest display of farm toys in one location. They show a long history of those hard working farmers who have fed our country for decades. Even myself, who was raised in the ...  more »
  • Good place to take the family! Good fun for the kids as well, and there's even a little gift shop.
  • If you're into farm toys this place is for you. No wow factor, but there's a good selection.
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