If you are looking for an organised, pristine, modern style museum, this isn't for you but if you are looking for a great couple of hours reminiscing and learning about toys and a little bit of 20th century history, you'll enjoy this experience. Yes, some of the outside toys are weather worn, yes, the bikes in the shed are rusty (you should see my garage at home!), yes the cabinets are a little overfull but these are not good reasons not to enjoy the huge range of what is on offer and actually appreciate what Hilary and Paul are aiming to do with the museum. This is meant to be a living museum - it contains real toys and memorabilia, which are never going to be in great condition.Hilary and Paul are friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and entertaining but not overbearing. After an intial introduction they leave you to wander at your leisure. If I had one suggestion it would be to have an information sheet or "paddle" for each cabinet and area of a room just describing the content in general, maybe pointing out one or two specific items as I am sure I missed far more than I noticed. As you have probably gathered, I really enjoyed the museum and would have no hesitation in returning.
As for the cafe, it was no more or less expensive than any other similar establishment I experienced on my week in the area but I can say the food was hot and tasty and very enjoyable. My advice to anyone thinking of going is to go with an open mind and concentrate more on what the museum does provide rather than what it doesn't.
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