Sidmouth Toy & Model Museum

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The Sidmouth Toy & Model Museum first opened in August 2020. The museum contains the collection of vintage and modern toys and models collected by Ian and Rebecca Gregory over a period of 40 years.

The museum is located within The Old Chapel, Chapel Street, Sidmouth, previously the Sidmouth United Reformed Church.  Ian and Rebecca bought the property in 2017 and spent the following two years renovating the property, including a new roof, internal plastering, and redecoration.  The result is a stunning environment in which to display the collection. The property was subsequently transferred to a Charitable Trust which also operates the museum.

The collection originally comprised of Corgi and Dinky model cars from Ian’s childhood in the 1960s.  Also, a key exhibit is the Tri-ang Centurion pedal car which Ian had as a young boy.  Bought second hand by his father for £1 in 1959 in remained in Ian’s possession until 1966.  It was found over 30 years later in an exhibition at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.  Ian repurchased the pedal car and the restored car is now on display in the museum.  You can read the exciting story of why Ian knew he had found his old pedal car in the museum.  Two further pedal cars of a similar age are also on display as part of a teddy bears picnic exhibition.

Over the years the collection has expanded to include many Tri-ang tin plate lorries, 0-gauge model railway engines, model aircraft, and ships.  A model of the Titanic made from 22,000 matchsticks is included and two unique Steiff automatons can be viewed.  Toys associated with film and TV are also on display.

An indoor model village has been created with a G gauge model railway and cable car.  This display is particularly of interest to younger aged children.  The centrepiece of the museum is a working 00-gauge model railway.  The layout is used to showcase several vintage building and construction kits of the same scale. The railway has many iconic model locomotives and includes the Hogwarts Express from Harry Potter.

Modern toys include a Star Wars exhibit and a Harry Potter display.  Both include some rare models including some which had been built specifically for the museum.

There are also various displays of vintage dolls and more recent dolls including Barbie and Sindy models. Toys in the form of household appliances can also be seen. Also, a range of board games and educational books from 1930 onwards are on display.

The museum also includes a scale model of the Sidmouth Railway station as it would have looked in the 1960s. The model was created by Richard Harper and was for many years displayed at the model railway exhibition circuit.  It now has a permanent home as a static display in the museum.

As the museum is located within a church building the opportunity has been taken to include details of the church history. The church organ originally built in the mid-1800s continues to work and is played from time to time. The church also contains several plaques commemorating past lives, including those associated with the church who gave their lives in World War 1. At Christmas time the museum includes a festive display.

A visit to the museum provides a trip of nostalgia for many.  For the younger generation it provides an opportunity to see how their grandparents and parents may have enjoyed childhood.  Most visitors to the museum spend between 45 minutes and one hour viewing the displays.

We look forward to welcoming you to our museum.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£3.50 per ticket
Child£2.50 per ticket
Family£10.00 per ticket
Senior (60+)£3.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Facilities for Disabled Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Establishment Features

  • Dogs-Accepted
  • Shop

Key Features

  • No Smoking Attraction

Payment Methods

  • All major credit cards accepted

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Map & Directions

Sidmouth Toy & Model Museum

Type:Museum

The Old Chapel, Chapel Street, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8ND
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Tel07858 448444

Opening Times

Season (13 June 2024 - 14 June 2024)
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Thursday - Friday11:00 - 16:00
Season (20 June 2024 - 21 June 2024)
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Thursday - Friday11:00 - 16:00
Season (27 June 2024 - 28 June 2024)
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Thursday - Friday11:00 - 16:00
Season (4 July 2024 - 5 July 2024)
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Thursday - Friday11:00 - 16:00
Season (11 July 2024 - 12 July 2024)
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Thursday - Friday11:00 - 16:00
Season (16 July 2024 - 20 July 2024)
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Tuesday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00
Season (23 July 2024 - 27 July 2024)
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Tuesday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00
Season (30 July 2024 - 31 Aug 2024)
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Monday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00
Season (5 Sept 2024 - 6 Sept 2024)
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Thursday - Friday11:00 - 16:00
Season (12 Sept 2024 - 13 Sept 2024)
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Thursday - Friday11:00 - 16:00
Season (19 Sept 2024 - 21 Sept 2024)
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Thursday - Saturday11:00 - 16:00
Season (23 Sept 2024 - 24 Sept 2024)
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Monday - Tuesday11:00 - 16:00
Season (21 Oct 2024 - 2 Nov 2024)
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Monday - Saturday11:00 - 16:00
Season (6 Dec 2024)
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Friday16:00 - 20:00
Season (14 Dec 2024 - 21 Dec 2024)
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Monday - Saturday14:00 - 17:00

* All dates excluding Sundays

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