The Sidmouth Toy and Model Museum blends vintage objects of play with contemporary playthings for a noteworthy collection of childhood delights.
Opened in August 2020 by Ian and Rebecca Gregory, the museum houses the couple’s private collection of toys and model railways gathered over forty years. Pedal cars, antique dolls and dollhouses, diecast and tinplate vehicles sit alongside detailed dioramas and a teddy-bear picnic. Notable items include two Steiff automatons and a model of the Titanic passenger liner constructed of 22,000 matchsticks. A vintage OO-gauge model railway and miniature townscape are centrepieces of the collection.
The building in which the museum resides is also of historical significance. The structure is a stone chapel constructed in the mid-1840s that served as meeting place for many congregations throughout the years.