Those Were The Days Memory Barn set to open June 2016 as new addition to the World’s Largest Toy Museum.
BRANSON, Missouri– (June 2016) The much anticipated addition to the World’s Largest Toy Museum, Those Were The Days Memory Barn, is set to open this month.
The Beginning. Tom and Wendy Beck started their adventure in 1998 when they purchased The Don Bauer Toy Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas. Three years of combing flea markets, searching antique malls and raising their hands at auctions finally had them ready to complete their mission to build a toy museum.
Where to go with their Items? The Beck’s had fallen in love with the beauty of the Ozarks and the family oriented, patriotic values that Branson, Missouri exudes. After adding extensively to their wonderful toy collection, they took the first big step in 2001 when three treasure-filled semi-trailers departed West Texas and headed to their new home…. a building on the west end of Highway 76. The World’s Largest Toy Museum was born.
Continued Growth. The museum grew as the search for treasure, toys and antiques, continued. The Becks purchased private collections and donations began to come in. In 2006, many of the Kansas City Plaza’s FAO Schwarz icons became part of the toy museum, and in 2014, the Becks acquired the Natural Bridge Toy Museum in Virginia and moved it to Branson to add to their collection. Suddenly, the Becks realized they were out of room in their present location and just storing all these new treasures instead of sharing them with the public.
Unexpected opportunity. Now the search was on to find a building that could accommodate their growing collection of toys, treasure, antiques and memorabilia, but where to start? Tom Beck searched out every building in Branson that could accommodate their growing Toy Museum. But nothing fit just right. In late 2015, the building next door became available, and soon an expansion project began. The existing building was transformed into a bright red and yellow barn with hand painted murals inside and out. A friend suggested the name The Memory Barn.
Opening Day. Those Were The Days Memory Barn is set to open in June 2016. It will include a Gift Shop, the National BB Gun Museum, the Presidential and Military Collection, the G.I. Joe Collection, the Barbie Collection, the World of Checkers Museum, the Stearnsy Bear Museum, an 1880’s General Store, and latter this year the Paul Harvey Jr. Museum.
Those Were the Days Memory Barn is a part of the World’s Largest Toy Museum Complex and will be open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Your admission includes both the World’s Largest Toy Museum and Those Were the Days Memory Barn.
The World’s Largest Toy Museum Complex is now comprised of 6 museums in 2 buildings with 2 gift shops, interactive displays inside and out with over 26,000 square feet of pure FUN for everyone!