Here's a list of interesting collections of games held by local museums and smaller public institutions.
|The Edinburgh Museum of Childhood
||Has a repository of games. A few are on display and most are
in archive boxes in store. We have looked briefly at most of these
and have listed the ones seen as Examples in GARD.
||Houses a good collection of games, puzzles and educational toys,
many of which are described in the catalogue Toy With The Idea
published in 1980. The website has an image database.
Public Library, The Osborne Collection
||Includes a good collection of table games and puzzles for children
some exhibited and catalogued in 1997 under the title “Ingenious
Contrivances” by Jill Shefrin.
Museum, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
||It's archive of games includes “the world’s largest collection
of Crokinole boards”. Several online exhibits including useful
archived papers on line which include several of Stewart Culin’s
|The Cotsen Collection,
||Eighteenth and nineteenth century British games form part of
the Cotsen Collection of Children’s Literature at Princeton University.
A catalogue is being prepared by the Librarians.
Parker Collection of Games, Birmingham Central Library
||Cherie Gladstone, Birmingham Librarian sent this update October
2011: Current status is 100 plus games are catalogued but catalogue
is not yet publicly available.
|National Trust Collection at Sudbury Hall
|Gakugei University, Japan
||Over 100 images of Sugoroku
||Istituto per i beni artistici, culturali e naturali della Regione
Emilia-Romagna. Medium (100k) quality saveable images of many
goose-type games principally in the Biblioteca Classense, Ravenna
Search on gioco in the titolo field (489 entries returned as at
June 2008) then click each page for oggetti digitali (about half
had been digitised in June 2008)
Museum, Sydney, Australia
Search on ‘board game’. Moderate quality images, not legible.
Several modern games. Some rare Australian material, e.g Race
to the Gold Diggings (page also lists ‘games’ within ‘toys’):
If you know of other significant public game collections that we
should include, please contact us to let