The rooms in the museum are dedicated to toys grouped into:
Soldier Room - This room displays most of the collection of toy and model soldiers, with their related equipment and civilians. The collection includes Victorian, solid lead to 1970s plastic, via aluminium, card, composition, diecast, hollow cast, paper, tin and wooden. Although most cases contain themed exhibits, there are some displays showing the toy soldiers in battles and parades.
A unique feature of the exhibition is the wide variety of models of figures from ancient times, particularly Assyria, Old Testament Israel, Greece and Rome, many of which were converted from other figures and all of which are hand painted, most to competition standards.
Sci- fi room - Sci- fi merchandise in this country has always been around but the time of true mass merchandising came in the Early 60s when TV brought children shows that sparked their imagination and their desire the emulate their hero’s.
The room contains a collection of some of the biggest TV Sci-fi over the last 40 years
Including Supercar, Terrahawks, Fireball XL5, Stingray and Thunderbirds.Also on view is a small mixture of toys from the Sci-fi film E.T There is a small sample of Star Wars merchandise with all the figures, ships, weapons, soap, napkins etc. There are touches of many other movies and TV shows as well as a small celebration of robots, old space toys and figures.
Cars and trains - Two cases, one an ex-Corgi shop display, are full of Corgi models, while the second one gas a collection of Dinky and Matchbox models.
The third (hexagonal) car exhibit contains an assortment of other exhibits.
There is also an extensive collection or railway related exhibits including locomotives and associated accessories.
Teddy Bears and Dolls - The teddy bear and doll room houses the majority of a collection amassed over the last 30 years. There are 11 doll's houses dating from the 1930s onwards. These have been lovingly furnished with furniture from the period.
Along with all the dolls you will find over 100 vintage teddy bears both German and British makes in all sizes and shapes. Next to the bears is a case of lead and plastic figures and accessories of Scouts and Guides, Street scene including Salvation Army, Hunting scenes, Circus and Dancers. These are backed by a box set of Britains garden, Scouting memorabilia and circus jigsaws.
The stairs - Housed in the stairwell next to the soldier room entrance, you can see various makes of prams along with more gollies, soft animals and dolls residing in them. Above these and a couple of Dolls houses you can view a display of nearly 100 original vintage Action Men with their original outfits and equipment.
Continuing up the staircase to the upper landing you will pass more display cases this time featuring classic children’s books with characters from their pages and costume dolls
The First floor landing - Here several of the collecting currents running through the collection meet to provide contrasting and complementary displays some from early television programmes.
The bottom corridor -Stepping into the Museum by the “Old Toy Shop Window” is like stepping back in time.Here you will find lots of things to evoke your childhood memories, whatever your age.
The “Toy Shop Window,” with its impressive surround of reproduction metal advertising signs, is a display showing some of the toys you could have bought from your local shop in times gone past.
The shops – here you will find the Boys’ and Girls’ shops where visitors can buy from a selection of old and new toys.
For further information on the displays, opening hours etc please call 01877 330 004 or visit the website http://www.thehamiltontoycollection.co.uk
A visit to the Hamilton Toy Collection would provide a fascinating family day out for all ages while visiting the central Scotland area.