Interesting facts about the museum
The museum opened in 1989
In 1995 the museum won the National Heritage Shoestring Award for achieving the best results with limited resources.   The curator received an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen in the 1999 New Year Honours List.
The museum has probably the most complete collection of Micromodel and Modelcraft card model kits in the world.           >


The Austin J 40 Joycar was on the pavement outside the toy shop in Workington for many years. Small children can still ride in it now.

Some of the toys on display belonged to the curator when he was little (but his family say he has never grown up and that he still plays with them when everyone has gone home).  

The most common thing heard in the museum is "I used to have one of those!" followed by "That's brought back some memories, I wonder what happened to mine?"

There are over 300 cars displayed on the Scalextric layout.                           >

One of the "old" Teddy Bears on display is a modern forgery, but which one?

The 15cm long 1955 Jetex powered boat can reach speeds of up to 40 mph.

While renovating one of the buildings a George III penny dated 1803 was found under the upstairs floorboards.   The museum has several portable railway layouts that can be taken to model railway exhibitions.

The curator has built virtually everything inside the four walls of the museum, showcases, models, partitions and even the toilet.


The Hornby gauge 0 Royal Scot loco has worn out two sets of wheels in the 12 years it has been running on the museum layout.