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A magical world of Toys and Models, beneath Brighton Station

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    Opening Times

    Tues-Fri . . . . 10am-5pm
    Sat . . . . . . . . 11am-5pm




    upcoming events

    Tappers Train Collectors Club, Train Running Day

    Saturday 19th April 2014

    Children's Event for Museums at Night:
    "Lost in the Toy Museum"

    Saturday 17th May 2014
    16:00 - 19:30

    Art play, readings, wooden train sets, child-friendly Meccano and more

    Train Running Day: "French Connections"

    Saturday 8th November 2014
    10:30 - 17:00

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    Brighton Toy and Model Museum, map of internal layout


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    Frank Hornby 150 brochure
    Frank Hornby founded Meccano Ltd and was the creator of Hornby Trains and Dinky Toys.
    See his story unfold in the Museum.

    Frank Hornby Year:

    Heritage Lottery Fund grant: Frank Hornby 150th Anniversary

    Frank Hornby 150 poster

    The Museum was awarded a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of Frank Hornby's birth, in 2013.

    We declared 2013 as Frank Hornby Year, setting up a project website with a listing of participating organisations and their 2013 events, organised our own events, and dramatically enhanced the Museum's public IT support for our Hornby, Meccano and Dinky exhibits with a whole load of new  pages and images, and some radical new IT systems. 

    What you missed ...
    Coronation locomotive 6220

    "Coronation Scot" 75th Anniversary Exhibition

    Celebrating the 75th anniversary (1937-2012) of Britain's greatest steam train.

    At its inauguration, this magnificent 1937 steam-powered Art Deco bullet-train was the fastest train in the World. The Coronation/Duchess Class marked the final fling of Britain's Golden Age of Steam, and still hold the record for being the most powerful steam locos ever built for the UK rail network.

    The Museum has a desperately rare contemporary model parked on our gauge 0 layout, a modern Hornby version running on our 00-gauge layout, and a display of Coronation Scot models, posters and memorabilia. A critical piece of Britain's railway heritage.
     
    On display through November 2012 - February 2013

    Brighton Belle
    (Hornby 2012)

    Hornby have issued two special renderings of the five-car set currently being restored by the 5BEL Trust, one in classic  Pullman brown and cream (1934), and one in 1969 BR livery.
    Hornby Brighton Belle
    We currently have the 1934 version running on our 00-gauge layout, and both sets are available for purchase in the Museum Shop.
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    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 operational 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.

    'Brighton Belle' Pullman train mural, Brighton Toy and Model Museum

    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. 

    George the Steiff Bear Brunel Bridge Arch One The 'Double-O' gauge layout extends along the back of the museum through two arches The antique 1930's "O-gauge" model railway layout The Museum has an outstanding collection of model locomotives from classic manufacturers such as Bing and Marklin Detail of an Edwardian wooden shop, from circa 1910 Oliver Cromwell working steam locomotive 70013, 1:12 scale Steiff's 'Peter Rabbit', and his many Friends

    Private Functions

    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.

    New Projects and Exhibits

    Browse our blog to find out more or better yet, come visit the Museum and see for yourself!


    As a registered charity, the Museum relies on visitors, helpers and patrons.

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    Original site design by Jenny Ridland. 2011 updates by Eric Baird.