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Address: 1301 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214-3415
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12:00 - 18:00
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Amazing displays of primitive toys.

Definitely worth the visit. The location is a bit difficult to find and parking was a challenge but well worth it once inside. The collection of tin toys is great, although some... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 July 2016
Kelowna, Canada
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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Definitely worth the visit. The location is a bit difficult to find and parking was a challenge but well worth it once inside. The collection of tin toys is great, although some of them may be considered racist by today's standards, they show a part of history that (as horrible as it was) should never be forgotten. Walk around a... More 

Thank scrapy1967
Tigard, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2015

This museum is free but accepts donations. It claims to have the largest collection of mechanical banks. It can be tough to view some of the segregation apparent in some of the banks. Otherwise a wonderful collection that is made available to the public. Don't expect a flashy storefront, it sits inside a plain warehouse style building. Knock on the... More 

Thank Dave B
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2015

This private collection in a windowless office building holds one man's dogged obsession with toys and coin banks and locks. You heard, locks. This place veers from awesome to creepy all the way back to awesome. A must see. Since there are no windows, you'll have to knock, then wait for the door to be opened.

2 Thank eug w
Rhinebeck, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2015

This is part of a private collection, well displayed. Very little interpretive signage. Good variety, but strongest in transportation. Also a lot of non-toy railroad artifacts such as dinnerware and locks. Great collection of mechanical banks. A worthwhile representation of racist toys of the past; something that should be seen. No admission charge; donations welcome. Limited hours. A real gem!

2 Thank Mapville
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115 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

This museum is a real hidden gem, a very nice couple own and run it and there are so many old toys crammed in you have to walk around several times to take it all in. I especially liked the huge collection of old money boxes. There is a donation box but entry is free.

3 Thank Brettyboy
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450 reviews
154 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014

This an excellent collection of toys as they were for past generations and the best display of mechanical banks we have seen. They also have the most elegant peddle car a kid of those days could imagine. Sure, some items are degrading to blacks, but it is an excellent example of what we have evolved beyond as a nation and... More 

1 Thank Sungron
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2008

If you live in portland go see this. But you dont need to take your small children. Its Kidd's museum not a "Kid's" museum. And you need not worry, dear politically correct friend. Nothing is politically incorrect about the toys here since our current social rules dont apply to stuff that was made a 100 years ago. That we would... More 

8 Thank ColonelPanic
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2008

While some of the toys were a lot of fun to check out. MANY of them were incredibly racist, yes i realize in that time period it was perfectly acceptable but it really seamed like a theme running through the place. of all the mechanical piggy banks they only had the ones that were racist on display with many other... More 

4 Thank crmaurer
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2007

This place is a must-see if you have a child- or a child's sense of delight. You'll find toys and banks from the 1800's through more modern times, but more older toys than newer ones. Many cast iron banks, some of a rather "politically incorrect" nature but fascinating in a historical sense. Mr. Kidd has been collecting toys and banks... More 

8 Thank Kiraboo

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