Toy and Action Figure Museum – Pauls Valley, Oklahoma
Toy and Action Figure Museum
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma
Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma is the stop for travelers of all ages who wish to connect with their inner child or who wish to explore the creativity and skill involved in toy design. This award-winning museum is less than one hour from Oklahoma City, making it a popular stop for any bus tour group exploring the Sooner State.
A citywide process called VISION 2010 helped Toy and Action Figure Museum get its start back in 2000. In a series of meetings, local citizens came together and identified goals they would like the community to reach in the next 10 years. Many things were discussed. Among them, the town wanted unique attractions that would help to make Pauls Valley a must-see city.
With the help of local artist, toy designer and collector Kevin Stark, a board was formed to start working on the world’s first museum devoted to the art and sculpting of action figures. The museum acquired its 501(c)3 nonprofit status, and the board began researching and creating plans for a first-class facility in the heart of downtown Pauls Valley. It took the group five years to put everything together, and the doors opened on October 15, 2005.
Since that time the museum has had visitors from every state in the Union and over 40 foreign countries. Toy and Action Figure Museum has helped serve as an economic catalyst for Pauls Valley’s downtown area. With schools, senior citizen groups and various other tourist groups — not to mention individual travelers, the museum has seen more than 50,000 visitors since it opened its doors.
An accredited museum, Toy and Action Figure Museum is the recipient of several awards, including the Redbud Award for the Best New Tourist Attraction in the state for 2006 at the Oklahoma Governor’s Conference on Tourism.
Toy and Action Figure Museum is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. November through February is off-season for the museum. During off-season, hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 12-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and 1– 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Rates of $5 per person are available for groups with 10 or more people. To contact Toy and Action Figure Museum and for more information, phone (405) 238-6300 or visit toyandactionfiguremuseum.com.