We hope that you are enjoying the San Diego Toy and Doll Museum. We are a nonprofit public benefit organization and our very existence relies on public support. Your generous donations allow us to maintain our museum, support our website and the informational social media. We are dedicated to promoting the importance of play in the development of our children. To learn more about our mission press here.
14031 Midland Rd
Poway, CA 92064
Located Across from Old Poway Park - Train Depot and
Old Poway Market & Cafe Lily
The San Diego Toy and Doll Museum, Historical LEGO(TM) exhibit and Gift Shop are 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
This is a walk-in event. No reservations required, however space will be limited and participation is on a first come, first served basis
For details Click Here...
In recognition of the Independence Day, this event will focus on the Colonial roots of America.
There will be fun and educational activities to teach children about the toys and games that their Colonial counterparts would have played with.
For more information - Contact Elisa at the Museum by calling:
On March 27th the San Diego Union Tribune ran an great article on our museum. Penned by Staff Writer - J. Harry Jones, the article accurately captures the true essence of the Museum - its focus on family, kids and nostalgia.
Click here to read the great article and see the photos and short video!
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.
We also can open our museum by appointment for large groups or private parties!
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.
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. Please contact us.Donate Now
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!!
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 http://www.mattieonline.com/
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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