How many times have you wondered just what happened to those little cars you used to play with, or that old dolls house that appeared one Christmas morning all those years ago? Well, they're here - complete with all the memories. The exhibits represent a journey back to childhood and each one must be keeping the secrets of thousands of happy hours spent by children and their limitless imaginations. The museum contains one of the finest private collections of toys in the North of England with a particularly fine display of early English wooden dolls.
The museum displays dolls, dolls houses, teddy bears, tin plate toys, lead figures and a selection of games together with wooden and paper toys. Dating from 350BC to the present day the exhibits also include a 1940's English working model fairground. Other exhibits include toys which date from the 1950's and 1960's, including popular television characters, "proper cars with rubber tyres", Cowboys and Indians and miniature toy soldiers.
Old or young there is certainly something for everyone at the Ilkley Toy Museum. The museum also offers a selection of unusual and traditional toys, games and jigsaw puzzles for sale, together with a range of Ilkley Toy Museum gifts and souvenirs.