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    2016: Our 25th Anniversary

    10th-14th May 2016

    We opened our doors in 1991, so next year will be a special year for us, as it marks our 25th anniversary! We'll be holding events throughout 2016, with a week of celebrations in May.

    Meanwhile, we'll be creating a brand new website and creating more online content about the origins of the museum and the people who built it.


    Brighton Toy and Model Museum, map of internal layout

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    One of the finest Toy Museums in the World

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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 model railway layouts (in 00-gauge and gauge 0), and displays of period pieces from a range of classic early manufacturers that includes Bing, Corgi, 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.