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The San Diego Toy and Doll Museum Gift Shop and Historical LEGO(TM) exhibit is now open.  The museum is a nonprofit organization that was started in 2012 and is a 501(c)(3) corporation as designated by the Internal Revenue Service (EIN:45-4733924).  Your donations may be tax deductible.  For more information call Elisa Ballard at 858-486-1446 or 619-992-9368
The Gift Shop is Open For Business
The San Diego Toy and Doll Museum will soon become more than a vision. Work on the museum is proceeding as planned.  The Gift Shop and the LEGO Historical Exhibit will be open to the public starting on Saturday, 29 November.

All are welcome to visit the gift shop and buy these clever toys and dolls for Holiday gift giving.  The LEGO exhibit is also open for a $2.00 admission fee. 

Remember, the San Diego Toy and Doll Museum is entirely funded through public donations.  Your membership fees help bring these exhibits to life.
We are 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 the Rail Depot at Old Poway Park.  We hope to open the entire museum in January of 2015.  Check our site often.   We hope to open our Museum Gift and Toy shop soon.

Thursday 11:00 - 4:00
Friday 11:00 - 4:00
Saturday 10:00 - 4:00
Sunday 11:00 - 4:00

For more information, call Elisa Ballard at 858-486-1446 or 619-992-9368
The San Diego Toy and Doll Museum
We Bring Families Together!
The San Diego Toy and Doll Museum celebrates the importance of "Play" in the development of children and adults through the preservation and presentation of toys and dolls of the past.  To learn more about our mission click here

All people - regardless of age or cultural background have something in common.  We all enjoyed playing as kids - and there is still a "kid" in all of us.  Come to the San Diego Toy and Doll Museum and experience the toys and dolls of the past and from many different countries.  Come see the LEGO exhibit and build your LEGO creation on the build wall and see amazing LEGO creations by famous LEGO artists.  
You're never too old to play!
Christmas in Poway Park - 2014

The San Diego Toy and Doll Museum celebrated its first Christmas in the Park here at the Old Poway Park!
We had about 300 visitors come by and enjoy the cookies and apple cider that were served.  A sneak peak of the Museum
was available to all who came by.  We received endless praise for our many exhibits.
The gift shop was also a hit due to the unique and creative toys for children of all ages!

We were thrilled to share the message of the vision and mission for the museum.  We are dedicated to 
educating children and parents on the importance of Play.  "Playing is Learning".
At the museum we use contemporary and classic toys and dolls of the past to promote a message of 
family engagement and education.

Please come and visit us!

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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