Definitely worth a visit. But not on a Sunday because they are closed on Sundays. See http://www.pollockstoytheatres.com/location.htm
Pollock's Toy Museum
1 Scala Street, London W1T 2HL
- Goodge Street Tube Station (<0.1 km)
- Goodge Street station (<0.1 km)
- Contact us:
020 7636 3452
- Opening hours:
10-5 Mondays to Saturdays, last entry to museum 4.30
9 reviews of Pollock's Toy Museum in English
Sorry but I didn’t see it the way other reviewers did at all. Yes some of the old toys were quirky and interesting and the funny little building was charming. For that I give 2 stars. But there was very little information about anything except on the insubstantial pamphlet you are handed on entering. In my view this is an interesting collection, but certainly not a museum.
I certainly didn’t think it worth the £6 admission – the prices are not shown on their website which is ridiculous, I think it was £5 concessions and £3 children, my 2 year old was free but min age wasn’t stated.
The toy shop was pointless, mostly full of dreadful plastic knick-knacks that will last five minutes and that you could get anywhere.
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Quite honestly the most perfect place in the whole
of London for a child,or indeed anyone who loves
the world of fantasy.
The museum is like a time travel capsule. In the 18th
century it was a little cottage; in the 1960's this
lovely Georgian building housed a workmens' caff.
Now, it is back to its original glory, spread across
a number of floors & housing magical toys, dolls
puppet theatres,wind up musical trinkets & books.
The staff are helpful & friendly.
When it first opened, it reminded me of a smaller
version of the Sir John Soanes Museum, which has
similar wonderful surprises
If you have kids (or are a big kid at heart) this is the place that will set imaginations on fire.
It may be a small shop but the shelves are full of quirky old-fashioned toys of yesteryear that are still incredibly appealing and relevant for the children of today.
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Please take any children that you know here at least once. It is fabulous,if i could i would try and move in! When i was a child i came here just the once but it made a impact on me so when i was able to i found it again and come along.They staff are very friendly
and attentive. Kids will really enjoy it and be really suprised that there where toys before Playstation!!!
Tis museum is a must-see for all kids in London. We used to go here loads as a child and the displays of old fashioned toys were wonderful. They have a huge (well it was huge when I was little) collection of dolls houses with beautiful furniture inside. The museum is actually very small with little winding corridors between the rooms. The biggest treat is the gift shop at the end where you can buy some replicars of the items you have seen; we used to go crazy for the dolls’ house cakes!
This is an odd little toy museum and gift shop. Lots of narrow twisting stairs to climb, but at the end of each stairwell, you enter a room and are impressed by what is there. So, so much to look at! Each room is catagorized with old type written place cards. The doll room was our favorite because all of the dolls are sitting in one corner all starring at you as you enter the room and turn left. Polluck collection is amazing. There are toys from all over the world some you have never seen or had forgotten about. However the toys are all rather really dusty. But it is very hard keeping it dust free.
Now, there is absolutely no argument here - this is the most exciting, amazing, wonderful shop in London. Just behind Goodge Street the shop window displays Victorian-style toy theatres (cardboard ones you put together yourself), books by Edward Gorey, and classic Victorian children’s books such as the horrible Strewelpeter. Inside the shop us full of original handmade toys, ranging from soft toys (I bought a blue donkey for a baby!) to intricate optical illusions. Best place imaginable for stocking fillers or presents for nostalgic grown ups. You need an hour or so to play with the toys before you choose. Most exciting are the kits for magic lanterns and the like. Upstairs are rooms and rooms of old toys from different eras in a proper museum worth exploring over hours.
This is one of the most extraordinary museums I’ve ever been to. Take the standard notion of a museum…now throw it away. The museum is set out across a labyrinth of small rooms and interconnecting staircases. It feels like you’re walking through some crazy old lady’s house. And because of that, it’s absolutely awesome. The collections of stuff they have is incredible. I guarantee that half of the items in there will make you go “Oh man, I remember that!”
This place is definitely worth a Sunday afternoon session.
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