|Venue name:||Pollock’s Toy Museum||Contact:|
1 Scala St
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 10am-5pm (closed bank hols)|
|Transport:||Tube: Goodge St|
|Price:||£5, £4 students, £2 children, under-threes free|
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The most lovely museum! like stepping back in time. This museum is crammed full of beautiful and interesting toy from around the world. The collection is houses in two totally original town houses its worth going just to see inside them. When i visited i meet the owner and his little dog 'Haggis'. It was so refreshing to see a small businesses surviving in an environment otherwise swamped with chains and big brands.
I first visited Pollocks Toy Museum as a child and thought it was enchanting. I revisited several times, over thirty years later, with my daughter and was not disappointed. The two houses which contain the museum's collection have a strong atmosphere of Victorian London and are crammed from top to bottom with toys and games from all over the world, beautifully and imaginatively arranged. You will never find another place like this, anywhere. The entrance fee is not bad for central London, especially considering that it is a private museum and has to pay its own way. (It doesn't receive subsidies like state-owned galleries and museums.) And you can stay as long as you want to. In fact, the owner of the museum let us sketch there all morning, go out for lunch and come back in an hour later without having to pay again, which I thought was pretty fair.
price had gone up to £6 which seemed fine until we got inside and walked around... the toys on display had no explanations or information at all apart from a small amount on some train sets, having spent £12 for us both to be inside for under 10 minutes did not feel like value for money at all. on the plus side the member of staff was polite and friendly.