We welcome school visits from children of any age. Group visits can be booked by appointment at a time/day to suit you.
£2.50 per child. All teachers and helpers are free of charge. You can pay by cash or cheque on the day of your visit or we can invoice your school.
A visit normally lasts between one and one and a half hours. We only take one school booking per day so you can arrive at a time to suit your travel arrangements and stay as long as you like. Arrangements can be made to eat a packed lunch at the museum. The maximum number of children in a group is 40. There are other attractions in Ilkley within walking distance of the museum so schools with more than 40 children can stagger sessions.
We provide clipboards, pencils, drawing paper and a work sheet appropriate to the age of the children.
We have a small shop area with plenty of items under £3.00
What happens on a school visit?
After greeting the children and handing out clipboards, we split into groups and spread out into the three main areas of the museum. You will need sufficient adult helpers to assist the children with their quiz. Year 1 and 2 children generally use our picture quiz. We have various question quizzes for the older year groups. On the ground floor we have a working model fairground and a clockwork train which we demonstrate. Upstairs you wil see a demonstration of the Zoetrope and some mechanical and clockwork toys.
Responsibility for the children remains with the Teacher at all times. Two members of the museum staff will normally be on duty for a school visit in order to greet the children, distribute quiz sheets and demonstrate some working toys.
Please note we only have one toilet available (also suitable for disabled use). Teachers should allocate sufficient time for toilet visits.
Portable display cases
Would you like to create a mini museum in your classroom? We have some portable display cases to loan to schools for up to 6 weeks.
We have a number of vintage suitcases filled with a range of old and replica toys available to loan for up to three weeks. These are ideal for KS1 and KS2 work to illustrate toys over time.
Did you know?
Jigsaw puzzles as we know them did
not appear until 1870 after the
invention of the mechanical fretsaw.
Ilkley Toy Museum Ltd Reg No. 3444517
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