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The San Diego Toy and Doll Museum is under development.  The museum is a non-profit organization that was started in 2012 and is a 501(c)(3) corporation as designated by the Internal Revenue Service (EIN:45-4733924).  Although we have secured a facility in Poway, CA near the Old Poway Park, we are working hard to get it ready and hope to open by September of 2014.  Your donations may be tax deductible.  For more information call Elisa Ballard at 858-486-1446 or 619-992-9368
We have a location!!!

The San Diego Toy and Doll Museum will soon become more than a vision.  We have secured a small space located in the Old Poway Village Commercial Center.  It is located across from Old Poway Park on Midland Road in the heart of the family friendly town of Poway.  

We have a lot of work to do to get the museum and the gift shop open and ready for visitors.  We will be setting out the displays and preparing the new facilities.  We hope to be open in the Fal of 2014. All of this takes funding and we are entirely funded by donations and the hard work of volunteers.  

We need your help to make this museum a reality!
We will soon be located at:

San Diego Toy and Doll Museum
14031 Midland Road
Poway, CA  92064

Located in Old Poway Village Commercial Center, across the street from Rail Depot at Old Poway Park.  We hope to open in the Fall of 2014.  Check our site often.   We hope to open our Museum Gift and Toy shop soon.

For more information, call Elisa Ballard at 858-486-1446 or 619-992-9368
Construction of the Museum Continues

Here is what our sign will look like in the next few weeks!

Bowling Tournament Fundraiser

In support of the San Diego Toy and Doll Museum and the Muscular Dystrophy Association!

The tournament was a great success.  We had 40 bowlers and a great time was had by all.

Nelson House - A Great Success
The San Diego Toy and Doll Museum temporary exhibit at the Nelson House in Old Poway Park has now closed.

Once again, Old Poway Park provides the San Diego Toy and Doll Museum with a perfect setting for a fantastic display of toys and dolls from the past.  Come on out to see this great collection of items from the 1800's to mid-1900s.  The centerpiece of this exhibit is the famous Dwight House in Deerfield, MA.  This amazingly detailed miniature was kindly donated to the San Diego Toy and Doll Museum by the estate of Mary Elizabeth Bergman.  Ms. Bergman was one of the founders of the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys.  This amazing doll house includes several detailed pieces of furniture, some of which were hand crafted by famous artisans.

The exhibit also features a number of very rare paper dolls from the 1890s.  It's hard to believe that these amazing items are over 125 years old and are still in perfect condition.  Many of these interesting paper dolls were given away as promotional items by thread companies such as Coat's and Clark.  There are several toys from the early to mid 1900s.  I'm sure you may recognize several of these old toys.

Rounding out the exhibit is an amazing collection of antique toys from LEGO™.  Long before they manufactured the amazingly popular building blocks they were one of the finest crafters of wooden toys and dolls.  The LGauge Museum, in partnership with the San Diego Toy and Doll Museum, brings many items from the largest collection of rare antique LEGO toys to Old Poway Park.

This is a limited engagement, so come on out soon.  We will only be there through June 1, 2014.
Hours - Saturday - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm & Sunday - 11:00 am to 2:00 PM
Closed on Mother's Day - May 11, 2014

For more pictures of the exhibits...   CLICK HERE

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We Need Your Help!
We are actively seeking interested and knowledgeable people to join us in our effort to bring a Toy and Doll Museum to San Diego. If you are a collector of toys and dolls or familiar with museum operations or fund raising and would like to donate your time please reach out to us.  We are also seeking donations of gift items that can be used at the upcoming Awareness Event. 
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These are two miniature scenes that are being built for the San Diego Toy and Doll Museum courtesy of a friend of the museum.  Thank you Linda!!
Our Inspiration:

Elisa Ballard was inspired to be a catalyst for the creation of this museum by reading the story of Mattie J. T. Stepanek's life in the book written by his mother Jeni Stepanek, entitled "Messenger".  Mattie was born with a rare disorder called dysautonomic mitochondrial myopathy, a severe form of muscular dystrophy.  Despite his hardships, he began writing poems at the age of four, advising all of us to listen to our hearts, and advocating peace and hope.  Mattie's philosophy for life was "Remember to play after every storm.  Storms aren't necessarily clouds with rain.  They're things that darken your day".  Sadly, Mattie's life was very short and his message lives on and continues to provide hope. To learn more about Mattie go to
Collaboration with LGauge Museum
We are collaborating with the LGauge Museum.  LGauge is developing one of the most extensive historical collections of LEGO toys.  For more information click this link.
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