Brighton Toy Museum,
52/55 Trafalgar Street,
Adults £4.00, Children (ages 4 to 14) £3.00, Students (under 20) £3.00
Over 10,000 exhibits, collections from the last 100 years, examples from the world's top toy makers, models and souvenirs to buy.
How to get there:
Find them in Central Brighton. The Museum is underneath the Railway Station, set into the arches. You'll find it about 50 yards down Trafalgar Street on the left.
The museum was founded as a charitable trust, the Sussex Toy And Model Museum in 1990 by Christopher Littledale who is the museum's first and current director. The museum's website states that: "One of the principle objectives of the charitable trust is to ensure that the collections remain together and live on in perpetuity for the benefit of future generations."
The museum began to experience leaks in May 1998 and by November of the same year it was forced to close due to flooding. The flooding was caused by Railtrack contractors who interfered with a Victorian drainage system in the process of re-surfacing the railway station forecourt and taxi area. At the time of its closure the museum was the only toy museum in England.
The museum was closed for three years while negotiations with Railtrack and Railtrack's property management division, Espacia, took place. Ultimately, Railtrack agreed to spend £130,000 on repair works to waterproof the museum and a further undisclosed sum as compensation to the museum's trustees and the museum reopened on 12 October 2001.