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Leuralla New South Wales Toy and Railway Museum
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36 Olympian Pde Leura NSW 2780 Australia
36 Olympian PdeAUNew South WalesLeura2780
Museum, History MuseumToday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmTuesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmThursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Historic house and garden. Superb collection of important toys, models, trains and figures, children's books 1900-1960s. Working train layouts & garden railway. Amphitheatre and valley views.Weddings
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"I get you need to protect the collection - but OMG, you are in tourism."
"Go to Scenic World - far better value for your money."
"Some train sets that will run if you pay $2 extra."
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Simeon Barwick
5 months ago
This place is terrible. It is a shrine to a family that has seemingly passed it's prime. Oh, and it has a few toys. Unlike a real museum, there is no explanation of the toys, except for the Nazi propoganda ones, and there is no curation of the toys. They are scattered throughout the house, whith no cohesion, either thematically or chronologically. And then they charge you $14/adult for it. And the Nazi toys? They continue out the back into a diarama (which has terrible scaling for the vehicle, by the way) which is located under a 9-foot Swatika Flag! Is that really appropriate? Seriously, give this place a miss and keep drive down the Blue Mountains Drive, it is absolutely spectacular and well worth itm and spend the $14 a head on a good, old-fashioned meat pie from one of the local bakeries.
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Carl Naessens
10 months ago
We were on our way home from Blackheath and were a few hours ahead of schedule so decided to stop for an hour or so... We only wanted to visit the gardens to give the kids a runround, before the drive to Sydney - so decided on the combo i.e. toy museum and gardens. As it was 2 degrees, enjoying the gardens was always going to be a challenge, however I can imagine they are stunning on a summers day and my wife and I enjoyed the trip down memory lane i.e. old train seats, signs, old platforms, etc. As to the Toy museum - well, that is another matter. Like the gardens, we enjoyed seeing toys we grew up with and I can imagine the work and effort that has gone into compiling so many collections i.e. barbie, star ways, popeye, etc must have taken years and is probably still a work in progress... It made me think of simpler times when iPads weren't the go-to choice. However, this beautiful house, accompanying gardens and expansive collection of toys is no excuse for cranky and rude service and I can't count the number of times on two hands that the house guide wasn't telling some visitor off for touching the glass, taking pictures, moving too close to the rope, touching the curtain, taking their bag with them, touching the glass (yes, said that). I get you need to protect the collection - but OMG, you are in tourism. If you can't be a little welcoming or at a minimum, NICE, I would suggest you keep the doors closed. Its a shame, as there are so few places in Australia like this and some drastic change in visitor interaction would make this an extremely FUN and MEMORABLE visit. As to the price. Given the service, its overpriced. Given the collection, its probably worth it. Oh, one last piece of advice. Would think twice about about taking young kids or if you don't mind someone watching every move you make - then you should be fine.
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Fred Wilko
a year ago
This place is far more than a toy museum, This place is and played an important part in Australian history. As the home of Clive Raleigh Evatt (1900-1984) the home is an historical record of Evatt’s political and legal working life. His significant role during and post WW2 is fascinating. Thanks to his position on the world stage at this time the toys are also an historical record in their own right.The toys from Germany during the Natzi period is chilling to be honest, just incredible. The photos of Evatt’s political life I found to be just as interesting as the toy collection itself and the house is an impressive example of the period. As they say if only the walls could talk they would have a story to tell. From an Australian history point of view this is a MUST see destination.
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Ben Sudbury
2 years ago
Not really for kids. Good collection but not for touching. Some train sets that will run if you pay $2 extra. Very limited though. Staff were paranoid about kids breaking everything to the point that they reprimanded our 2 year old just in case he might do something.
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Stephen Arnott
4 months ago
Really enjoyed our visit. Absolutely beautiful house and gardens. The toy collection is very interesting for any toy fan - a large and diverse collection very nicely presented.
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David Metcalf
2 years ago
Contrary to the previous reviewer, when I visited in November 2012, the price was around $14 for an adult admission ticket. This included access to the rail displays, the house, all of the toys, and the gardens. The toy collection is impressive! There are countless rooms full of toys for young and old. The Barbie collection is especially impressive with Barbies dating back to the original 1960 Barbies. Rail enthusiasts will enjoy all the old equipment from train stations, and plenty of model trains. The two additional model train exhibitions did not cost extra to view, however a gold coin donation was required to make the trains run around the tracks. Well worth the $ in my opinion.
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Julian Lenthall
a month ago
Very rude staff. Charge you extra every time you turn a corner.
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