Brighton Toy and Model Museum

Brighton Toy and Model Museum
52-55 Trafalgar Street
Brighton & Hove
East Sussex


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Brighton Toy and Model Museum is a treasure trove of toys and models that extends over four thousand square feet of floorspace, through four of the Early Victorian arches supporting Brighton Railway Station's forecourt. Founded in 1991, it has over ten thousand toys and models in its catalogue, including priceless model train collections and many period antique toys. Its display area includes two large operational model railway layouts (in 00-gauge and gauge 0), and displays of period pieces from a range of classic manufacturers that includes Bing, Dinky, Hornby, Marklin, Meccano, Pelham Puppets, and Steiff. The Museum also includes individually-engineered pieces such as the working quarter-scale traction engine and the Spitfire fighter planes in the lobby, and a range of other working scale models throughout the Museum.

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Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5pm
Saturday: 11am to 5pm

Closed Sunday and Monday
Open Mondays in school holidays

Christmas and New Year period - please telephone for our opening times before travelling.

Admission charges

Adults £4.5
Child over 4/OAP/Student £3.50
Family Ticket (2+2) £12.50
School Parties and group visits by arrangement

Additional info

Find us in Central Brighton. The museum is beneath Brighton Railway Station, set into the arches. You'll find it about 50 yards down Trafalgar Street on the left.

A unique toy collection and model train collection covering the last 100 years, including a spectacular 1930's railway layout.
Lead farms and country scenes.
Large scale model aeroplanes.
Dolls and rare Dolls House furniture.
Puppets and toy theatres
Complex engineering construction toys including Meccano,architectural building sets including Anchor Bricks from the Edwardian period.
A facinating variety of novelty toys.

Collection details

Toys and Hobbies

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
French Soiree At The Toy Museum

Soiree Francaise with Sam Chara and Bing Lyle

  • 1 — 2 November 2014 7:30pm-12:30am

After our day running special trains for "French Connections 2" we intend to celebrate. Talented local chanteuse, Sam Chara will team up with pianist/accordeonist and all round talent, Bing Lyle to provide the entertainment for this classy evening.

Wine, soft drinks, cheese and charcuterie will be available to buy.

A welcome glass of wine and bar nibbles are included in the ticket price of £8.50 as is entry to the toy museum and the evening's entertainment.

Discounted package tickets are available for the day's special train running event plus the musical evening £16 (saving you £2.50)

If you are a patron, member or museum family please conact our manager and events organiser, Tig, direct for your discounted tickets - £7 for the evening £12.50 for the package.

Suitable for

  • 18+


  • French


Admission is £8.50 per head for the evening's entertainment, Patrons attending both the running day and evening's entertainment will be able to buy a ticket for both events for £16.00 (saving £2.50).
If you are a patron, member or museum family please conact our manager and events organiser, Tig, direct for your discounted tickets - £7 for the evening £12.50 for the package.

French locomotive and carriages

"French Connections" Train Running Day

  • 1 November 2014 10:30am-5pm, 7:30-11pm

Brighton Toy and Model Museum are hosting a Running Day on November the 1st to entertain vintage enthusiasts who will be on the South Coast for the London to Brighton rally the following day.This running day will be different from the usual running days that the museum put on thanks to a French theme.
French built trains will be running during the day and later there is to be a soiree of French music, wine and foods to celebrate the Gallic lifestyle.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age


  • French


Admission for the Running Day will be £8.50. Admission to the Running Day and special French themed evening with song, wine and cheese: £16.00