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DFW Elite Toy Museum – Haltom City, Texas

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

Sturgeon’s love of vehicles informs much of his adult life; he’s been collecting model vehicles since the 1980s and owned an automotive repair shop in the mid-’70s. Throughout the years, Sturgeon amassed a collection of about 3000 model vehicles ranging from 1/4 scale models to tether cars, driving school models, model sales demos, one-of-a-kind automotive collectibles, and more. His collection is so vast that he collaborates with a curator to manage the collection.

Sturgeon eschews modern models; he’s focused on acquiring rare and antique items. His discerning eye is an asset to the Museum – not every toy collector can say they own the rare Tippco “Eva Braun” model car or a number of early Michele Conti creations.

You don’t need to be an automotive aficionado to appreciate DFW Elite Toy Museum. The model cars in the collection offer fascinating insight into world history and Sturgeon’s collection of non-automotive antique oddities is sure to entertain and bewilder. DFW Elite Toy Museum is open to the public, and admission is free.

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