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“Amazing collection of banks but no curator or background info at all”
Review of Kidd Toy Museum

Kidd Toy Museum
Ranked #140 of 444 things to do in Portland
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Oregon
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Amazing collection of banks but no curator or background info at all”
Reviewed 13 September 2008

If you live in portland go see this. But you dont need to take your small children. Its Kidd's museum not a "Kid's" museum.

And you need not worry, dear politically correct friend. Nothing is politically incorrect about the toys here since our current social rules dont apply to stuff that was made a 100 years ago. That we would expect someone in 1870 to know how best to not offend a sensitive person in 2008 is a little ridiculous dont you think?

The depth of this collection is a little amazing. The variety of coin operated banks for instance is astounding. I would guess that 1301 SE Grand street has as many of these cultural relics as any museum in the world. There are hundreds. The lady who let us in after hours (i arranged by phone) told us that Kidd actually has only 1/3 of his collection on display because the current location lacks space. Amazing.

Check out the "toy" cast iron stove in the corner display. Thats no cheap plastic easy bake oven. Its a fully functional mini of a 4 burner cast iron stove. Thing must weigh 300 lbs at least. you could literally cook a chicken dinner on this thing if put some firewood in it. Incredible.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“ehh”
Reviewed 5 September 2008

While some of the toys were a lot of fun to check out. MANY of them were incredibly racist, yes i realize in that time period it was perfectly acceptable but it really seamed like a theme running through the place. of all the mechanical piggy banks they only had the ones that were racist on display with many other things with derogitory names for people of other ethnicities. while it was a party of history i wouldnt recomend going if you are not white or if you would be bothered by such things as i was.

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“Fantastic place for kids and kids-at-heart”
Reviewed 19 October 2007

This place is a must-see if you have a child- or a child's sense of delight. You'll find toys and banks from the 1800's through more modern times, but more older toys than newer ones. Many cast iron banks, some of a rather "politically incorrect" nature but fascinating in a historical sense. Mr. Kidd has been collecting toys and banks for 35 years, and has focused on various collections at different times. You'll find a massive collection of railroad locks and railroad-related items, Steiff stuffed animals, fire engines and old-time cars, Disneyana, Portland & Oregon collectibles, and too much more to mention. Best of all, it's FREE, though it only seems right to leave a donation once you've enjoyed the collection. One note- it's really easy to miss this place- it's in a nondescript building with nothing but a small, black and white printed sign on the door. It's on the west side of SE Grand Avenue between Madison & Main. Just park, & knock on the door for admission.

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