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Pollock’s Toy Museum

Museums, Childhood Fitzrovia
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
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Pollock’s Toy Museum, a quirky museum of old playthings is housed in a pair of wonderfully creaky, unrestored Georgian townhouses. Pollock’s is named after Benjamin Pollock, the last of the Victorian toy theatre printers. The Pollock’s Toy Museum collection includes board games, marbles, money-boxes, puppets, wax dolls, toy theatres, dolls houses and wonderful, intricately detailed model shops, as well as the world’s oldest surviving teddy (see video below) and a 4,000 year-old mouse made from Nile clay. By turns beguiling and creepy, it’s fascinating for adults but less so for children, for whom the displays may seem a bit static – describing a pile of painted woodblocks stuffed in a cardboard box as a ‘Build a skyscraper’ kit may only make them feel lucky to be going home to a PlayStation.


Venue name: Pollock’s Toy Museum
Address: 1 Scala St
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm (closed bank hols)
Transport: Tube: Goodge St
Price: £7, £6 students, £4 children
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3.3 / 5

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I was left with an overwhelming feeling of disappointment after leaving Pollock's toy museum. The vintage packing on the board games was interesting to a point but I can't tell you anything about them as the lack of signage and literature meant there was no information to be had. It feels like someones personal collection that has been put on display for them to lovingly watch over and the fact there is visitors seems to be a mute point. My visit ended on an odd and sour note when I was given details of some childish spat between the museum and someone who used to be involved with it. All in all not worth the visit. 

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.

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