Understanding and celebrating toys and play
A Great Museum is Being Born
The mission of the International Toy Museum (ITM) includes providing exhibitions on all types of toys and toy topics, including the history of toys, antique toys, toys preferred by girls or boys, and toys from around the world. To do so, ITM intends to establish both physical and digital toy museums containing displays, hands-on play centers, and the Make a Toy Lab. There will be conventional displays of antique and rare toys beside interactive “Play Along” exhibits for “touching encouraged” enjoyment of toys. ITM also intends to sponsor of art and toy-making workshops, puppet shows, toy-related fairs, festivals and celebrations for people of all ages.
The Toy Museum does not currently have a physical location. Our first objective is to build a strong foundation for the Toy Museum, which means a great collection and sufficient funding. We expect to open our first small facility late next year, and then build up to the great institution we intend to become.
We want the International Toy Museum to have something for the entire family. We will have historical, geographical and ethnographical exhibitions of toys. But for those who want to play, we’ll also have Play Along exhibits and our Make a Toy Lab, where children of all ages will be able to build toys using traditional materials and some of the latest 3D printing techniques. We’ll also offer facilities for researchers to evaluate toys by talking to children at play.
The International Toy Museum does not yet have a home, and is in the process of locating collectors, collaborators, toy buffs, manufacturers and other people who love toys to help it start operations next year.
For more information, contact Ben Delaney: 510 419-0800,
The International Toy Museum is currently in start-up mode, and can use your help.
You can help make the Toy Museum a reality. The ITM is a IRS approved (pending) 501 (c)(3) organization, meaning that your donation may be tax deductible. Here's how you can help:
Collectors: Donate or loan your collection for exhibit. Your pledge now will help us increase support. There are ways for this to provide a tax benefit to you or your estate.
Donors: We are seeking sufficient funds for the first two years of operations. Please contact Ben Delaney,, 510 419-0800, if you are able to help.
Toy manufacturers and designers: We need your help to make our Toy Museum world class. Sponsorship opportunities are available. We also would greatly appreciate any donations of new or old toys and toy memorabilia, such as posters, advertising, boxes, displays, and the like.
Property owners: We expect to present our initial exhibitions in pop-up locations in 2014. By 2015, we intend to be in our first permanent location. If you have space to offer for short- or long-term lease, we'd like to hear from you. We are especially interested in locating in the Jack London District or Downtown Oakland, California.
Toy lovers everywhere: Donate or join the International Toy Museum to help us grow and thrive.