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Places to Visit

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

Museum of Illusions – Toronto, Ontario

The Museum of Illusions in Toronto, Ontario, offers unique sensory experiences to those in search of mind-expanding adventures.

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The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment – Oakland, California

The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (The MADE) “is the only all-playable video game museum in the world.” This non-profit organization focuses on preserving objects and educating the public about the history and cultural significance of video games and related topics.

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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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