One of the finest Toy Museums in the World
Brighton Toy and Model Museum is a treasure trove of toys and models that extends over four thousand square feet of floorspace, through four of the Early Victorian arches supporting Brighton Railway Station's forecourt. Founded in 1991, it has over ten thousand toys and models in its catalogue, focusing on the first half of the Twentieth Century, and including priceless model train collections and many period antique toys. Its display area includes two large model railway layouts (in 00-gauge and gauge 0), and displays of period pieces from a range of classic early manufacturers that includes Bing, Dinky, Hornby, Marklin, Meccano, Pelham Puppets, and Steiff. The Museum also includes individually-engineered pieces such as the working quarter-scale traction engine and the Spitfire fighter planes in the lobby, and a range of other working scale models throughout the Museum.
The Museum's exhibits and displays undergo constant review and change, and the Museum itself has recently undergone an extensive lighting refit, with LED lamps now allowing much brighter illumination throughout the Museum while still protecting the more sensitive dyes and paints of some of the older items.
The ticketed area extends through Arches Two to Four, but entrance to the first Arch (which also houses the Museum Shop and Tourist Information Point) is free, and the Museum's handy location beneath Brighton Station makes it a great stopping-off point for visitors to Brighton to pick up maps and tourist information before seeing the rest of the city.
The Museum's side wall on Trafalgar Street is shows off a mural marking the anticipated return of the Brighton Belle, the World's only all-electric Pullman train. The mural was designed by the Museum's Founder and Director, Chris Littledale, and was painted by signwriter Terry Smith.
The Museum can also be booked for private functions and receptions. Refreshments and entertainment can also be arranged to make your corporate or family event one to remember.
For further information, please contact the Museum Office.
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