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Places to Visit

Plan your next vacation to include a visit to a play-related store, museum, or private collection.

Computer Museum of America – Roswell, Georgia

Located in Roswell, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, the Computer Museum of America (CMoA) is home to more than 250,000 technology artifacts, making it one of the largest computer collections in the world.

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The Nostalgia Box – Perth, Australia

The Nostalgia Box in Perth, Australia is the place to go to marvel at the evolution of video games and game consoles.

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The Hobbit Café – Houston, Texas

For almost 50 years, the Hobbit Café has been serving up a slice of Middle Earth to diners in Texas’s largest city.

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Mile High Comics Mega Store – Denver, Colorado

Located in Denver, Colorado, Mile High Comics’ Jason Street Mega Store offers patrons access to more than 5 million comic books available in a whopping 45,000 square feet space.

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Novelty Automation – London, England

Part fun-house, part arcade, Novelty Automation offers a cheeky look at life and play through a collection of “satirical home-made machines”.

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Cartoon Network Hotel – East Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Fans of the award-winning stories and characters of the Cartoon Network can now “eat, sleep, cartoon!” in the animation network’s first U.S.-based hotel that opened to the public last Summer.

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Yokohama Museum of Tin Toys – Yokohama, Japan

Yokohama Museum of Tin Toys displays the personal collection of Teruhisa Kitahara, who has amassed thousands of tin toys over almost five decades of collecting.

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The Great American Dollhouse Museum – Danville, Kentucky

Located in Danville, Kentucky, the Great American Dollhouse Museum showcases more than 200 antique and artisan dollhouses, room boxes and buildings. The site is housed in a 6,000 square foot historic building originally constructed in 1939 and the site of a former National Guard Armory.

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House of Marbles – Bovey Tracey, England

The House of Marbles is a free, must-see experience for anyone interested in the history of marbles and intrigued by the craft of marble making.

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Toys “R” Us – Paramus, New Jersey

Almost 18-months after declaring bankruptcy and shuttering more than 700 stores in the US, Toys “R” Us returns to the retail world with the opening of their first new brick-and-mortar store in Paramus, New Jersey.

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Steiff Museum – Giengen an der Brenz, Germany

The Steiff Museum opened in 2005 to commemorate the company’s 125th anniversary. It features more than 2,000 Steiff toys displayed throughout 2,400 square meters, a small working factory, giant plush slide, gift shop, and bistro.

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Nickelodeon Universe – Bloomington, Minnesota

Situated at the centre of Bloomington’s Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe offers a dizzying array of rides and spectacles for adventure-seeking families and is working on becoming a Certified Autism Center (CAC).

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Musée du Jouet – Colmar, France

Located in Colmar, France, the Musée du Jouet showcases a collection of more than 1,000 toys dating from the 19th century to today.

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Frazier History Museum – Louisville, Kentucky

Tucked inside the Frazier History Museum in Louisville, Kentucky is The Stewart Historic Miniatures Collection, one of the most comprehensive public collections of toy soldiers and historical miniatures in the world.

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