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National Farm Toy Museum – Dyersville, Iowa

Since its opening in 1986, the National Farm Toy Museum has combined over 30,000 farm toys, pedal tractors, and dioramas with exhibits on agricultural history. Located in Dyersville, Iowa, the museum houses one of the largest collections of cast-iron farm toys. Dyersville has been dubbed the “Farm Toy Capital of the World” because it contains the museum and three different farm-toy companies (ERTL, TOMY, and Dyersville Die-Cast.)

The museum is open daily with two floors to explore. On the first floor, guests can view a 10-minute film about toy production in Dyersville, let their kids enjoy a play area, and take in a variety of dioramas and exhibits. The second floor houses traditional display cases of farm toys, trucks, and a collection of cowboy and Native American dolls.

The National Farm Toy Museum also takes part in two annual toy shows, in June and November.


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