The Toy Museum of NY (formerly the Doll and Toy Museum of NYC) was created by Marlene Hochman. The Museum is a not-for-profit educational museum established in 1999. The mission is to educate the public on the importance of dolls and toys in our culture and history through art and plays. The Museum was chartered by The New York State Education Department in July 1999. It is the only museum in New York City exclusively devoted to preserving and exhibiting dolls and toys.
Focused on serving children and families, Ms. Hochman added a children's theatre program in 2010, "Queen Marlene's Toy Theatre," featuring original scripts, professional actors, costumes and special effects. The theatre program is available to schools in all five boroughs of New York City. Reservations by teachers and other professionals are made at a cost that is affordable for the student population. The show is interactive, informative, educational, and entertaining; students are invited to participate on and off stage.
Currently, The Toy Museum of NY creates childhood memories for over 15,000 school children annually. Over the summer, The Museum provided 200 campers with free admission.
In 2013, a Distance Learning Program was added to enable schools from anywhere in the United States to partake in the Museum's educational programming.
The goal of the Museum is to build a world-class theatre company that will work side-by-side with the Museum to further spread our mission of educating the public about the importance of dolls and toys in culture.