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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

Places to Visit

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

The Uncommons – New York City, New York

The Uncommons, Manhattan’s first board game café, is a cosy locale for people wanting to indulge their love of board games and strengthen community bonds.

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Istanbul Toy Museum – Istanbul, Turkey

Since 2005, Istanbul Toy Museum has offered visitors the opportunity to experience toys from the past 200 years, drawn from the personal toy collection of Turkish poet and media personality, Sunay Akin. 

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Spielzeugmuseum – Prague, Czech Republic

Located in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, Spielzeugmuseum – The Toy Museum – is a private venture curated by filmmaker and cartoonist Ivan Steiger.

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ToonSeum – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

ToonSeum in Pittsburgh, PA is an independent, not-for-profit museum that showcases comic art in a boutique gallery setting.

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DFW Elite Toy Museum – Haltom City, Texas

DFW Elite Toy Museum near Fort Worth, Texas is the home to collector Ron Sturgeon’s personal collection of vintage model vehicles, antique toys, and rare finds.

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LARK Toys – Kellogg, Minnesota

LARK Toys is a family owned and operated toy store in Kellogg, Minnesota that curates traditional toys, handmade wooden toys crafted on-site, and a host of activities designed to open the door to play.

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Hamleys – London, England

Hamleys is an international chain of toy stores that springs from a single toy shop opened by William Hamley in London, England in 1760.

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The Doll Hospital – Lisbon, Portugal

Established in 1830, Hospital de Bonecas – The Doll Hospital – is a doll restoration shop and museum located in Lisbon’s busy Praça da Figueira market square.

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World’s Largest Toy Museum Complex – Branson, Missouri

The World’s Largest Toy Museum Complex includes six unique museums and over a million toys and games housed in a multi-building complex located on the attraction-packed Branson Strip in Branson, Missouri.

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