(Susie’s Museum of Childhood) features a vast range of playthings available to American children from the 1700’s to the present day. The toys are featured in imaginative and colorful displays, and include wooden, wax, china, French and German bisque, mechanical, papier-mâché, composition, and cloth dolls; and stuffed animals and Teddy bears, most notably those manufactured by the German maker Margarete Steiff.
Special sections are devoted to some of America’s most beloved and certainly most popular toys – Raggedy Ann and Andy, Shirley Temple, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and all the 1930’s Disneyana! Also a miniature fantasy world awaits you – toy china sets, antique dollhouses, doll-size kitchens, doll and child-size furniture, and a detailed circus filled with both Steiff and Schoenhut circus pieces.
Make plans for a whimsical step-back in time. Hopefully, during your visit, you will be happily transported to a world of wonderful childhood memories. Group tours are encouraged and special occasions can be accommodated. Upon request, special programs can be prepared and presented to groups such as doll clubs on topics ranging from Madame Alexander Dolls, Steiff animals, advertising dolls, SUN rubber, Bernard Lipfert, doll designers and antique dolls and toys. Whatever your area of interest, arrangements can be made to discuss it.