Leuralla

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Tamryn H
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Family
We visited the muesum over the weekend with our three children (4,5 and 10). The house is incredibly cluttered and you do not feel at ease looking around as it is filled to the brim. They have carpets layered on carpets and was a bit of a hazard walking through the crowds. Walking through some of the exhibits were interesting and lovely to see however it had no flow and seemed unkept and layered in dust. My husband and I discussed in depth of the Nazi toys (which were a large portion of the museum rather than a nod to history) were appropriate. I am not sure I would not have minded seeing them if they had not come across as one of the main attractions, it seemed a bit much and made us feel uneasy. The gardens and train museum were so cool, the best part was seeing all the signage, gardens and trains. Again the figurine displays were so dusty and unkempt which was a shame. For $40 I do not think I would go back, for the premium charge if history is what they are trying to capture you would hope they would cherish the memorabilia better for the next generation.
Written June 15, 2021
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Blinkybill007
Melbourne, Australia14 contributions
We visited Weds the 27th April 2022. Lucky for us as the museum closes this coming Sunday for good - another casualty of COVID.. Despite a number of poor reviews we loved our visit. A vast array of vintage toys on display including lead figurines, tinplate toys, trains of various gauges, Barbie dolls, etc. The house itself is almost untouched and a couple of rooms are set up as per the period. Beautiful gardens outside as well. If you don’t enjoy looking at old toys this isn’t the place for you. I collect so could really appreciate the rarity of so much of this collection.
Written April 27, 2022
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aussie_rozzie
Glenwood1 contribution
Kids enjoyed the gardens and the trains the most. Was a bit surprised by the entrance price though. There is no indication of price on website. Adults $16 and children $8. Was a bit put off that photography was not permitted in the museum. My 3 children and I stayed for about an hour before they had enough.
Written April 12, 2010
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reneegracebrooks
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
Family
An absolute waste of time and money. Basically just walking around a few rooms on a house, crammed full of bits and pieces… and so much dust. Wearing masks was a blessing. The train display outside requires additional money (!) and doesn’t work. Don’t bother.
Written February 26, 2022
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Brenda B
Sydney, Australia60 contributions
The person at the door who took our $15 entrance fee informed us that there were only two seats that we could sit on in the house. She said we could look in the garden if we liked, but said it was probably too hot for that. That was the only information she gave us. She didn't tell us that the house had been owned by Doc Evatt or that there were train displays in the garden. The photos around the house were poorly labelled and some too close to the floor or ceiling to be read anyway. The display cabinets were crammed with toys in no particular order and it resembled a hoarder's house where nothing could be rejected.
Written January 4, 2020
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Atara K
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This 'toy' museum is actually a Nazi memorabilia showcase with more rooms of Nazi flags, toys and Hitler toys than the Barbie collection.

If you want to support a nazi museum and show your kids 3 rooms full of nazi memorabilia then go here.

If it wasn't enough, there was a huge room full of nazi flags in the train station area. Left this place traumatised and would never come back.

The place has no apology for collecting so much nazi stuff and says they need to share history. Yet there is no toys from survivors of the holocaust or minority groups, so this excuse is not lost.

The lady at the desk said she's just sitting at the front desk and doing her job....
Written December 28, 2020
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Theresa P
Sydney, Australia10 contributions
Family
We visited the museum on a foggy Saturday afternoon with our 3 little ones aged 4, 3 and 22 months.

As soon as we finished paying for the entrance, the lady owner announced her house rule. No banging on the glass and children must walk beside parents.

A little startled with the unfriendliness, we have just paid $48. So it was too late for us to turn around and leave.

We were conscious with the rules so were extra careful with making our kids behave. They were good little kids who just looked and did not touch anything or run around.

The truth is the collection did not interest the kids that much anyway. And the old house was creepy for kids. Not to mention pieces of rugs here and there that trip the kids over.

We went through everything on the first floor within 10 minutes. There was not that much to see.

As we made our way up the stairs, my 3 year old tripped. The lady owner appeared on top of the stair and said sternly to my son "you must get up and walk properly."

I could not believe it. She was not joking. She was not sympathetic of a little boy who tripped over. We were paying guests who were made to feel like criminals.

Before I could say anything, she continued on and said "children need to walk beside their parents."

I explained to her politely my son tripped over, he did not damage anything.

I was furious.

I told the lady politely that they really should make it known to people that children under 5 are not welcomed. Her response is they've had plenty of naughty kids in the museum before, but she cannot ban children because it is hard not to associate toy and railway museum with children.

That just translates to me as "if I banned children I will not make money and I really want $$$ so I have no choice but to put up with children."

It felt like a trap. Parents wonder in with excited children after paying for the ticket only to realise children are not welcomed. In fact, they will be really mean and rude to you and your children.

DON'T GO THERE WITH YOUR PRECIOUS LITTLE ONES. It is so unpleasant.

The museum is tiny. It's really not worth the money.
Written February 17, 2014
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TamaraGeorgia
Brisbane, Australia37 contributions
Family
Set in a lovely stately home of the Evatt family this museum offers much more than a toy and train collection. There is much to learn about Evatt senior (like he was the first Australian to head up the UN) and plenty of interesting photos on the wall illustrating his career. The toy collection is great except for the lack of warning that it contains some Nazi toys and a battle scene. Really should warn people before entering, because otherwise this is a great collection. The railway collection is impressive and the gardens are a great location for the station furniture etc.
Written February 1, 2012
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roastparsnip
Leura, Australia2 contributions
The rail part of the museum is far more interesting than the toys, especially the Nazi stuff which has interesting disclaimers. It's a shame the staff are so so grumpy, the guy who was working the day we went took our money and said nothing, i had to ask three times to get any information about where to go and what to see, he threw us a laminated info sheet which you can't take around with you (there's no leaflet or ticket stub to keep for a scrap book), and he didn't even mention the Rail part outside. There's also no information on the collector, so the photos of the seemingly very interesting guy are interesting, but confusing. Everything looks old and dusty inside, I want pristine if i'm going to pay.

I have to add, we recently moved to Leura, and i called about a job advertised there, which paid $10 an hour!!! so now i know why the guy was so grumpy, and really for that crap wage, who would want to be friendly or move from your chair!

The gardens are ok, but it's completely unacceptable that you also have to pay extra to go into their park across the road. If you want to see 'the best view in the Blue Mountains' as they state from this park, don't bother going in here, walk a few metres down the road on the same side and there's a free walk with much more to see. You also can't get a pram and/or dog through the turnstyle very easily! The ampitheatre in there is nice though, it's a shame locals can't use it for free.

I don't recommend this museum to any of my visitors.
Written January 22, 2012
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Cbqld
19 contributions
This place is one place I would stay away from. I have a 9 and 6 year old and they where ready to go after five minutes. But after spending $40 to get in I made them stay another 10 minutes. This place is a money grab nothing like the brochures. Btw the lady on the door was also rude.
Written September 25, 2011
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