National Farm Toy Museum


The production of metal toys virtually stopped during World War II while engineers focused on military contracts. Consequently, there was a huge demand for toys after the war, and one of the first to make metal toys was the Ertl Co. (now RC2 Corp.), headquartered in Dyersville. The self-titled Farm Toy Capital of the World, Dyersville also is home to the Scale Models and SpecCast farm toy companies, several farm toy stores, and the National Farm Toy Museum. The museum's collection of more than 30,000 farm toys and other collectibles features scale models of equipment made by companies such as John Deere, Allis-Chalmers, and Massey Ferguson.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Agricultural & Biological
Topic(s):Sports/ Games
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Die cast machines make engineered metal parts by forcing molten metal under high pressure into reusable steel molds. The first die cast machine was patented in 1849 and was used to cast printing type. The process was limited to printer's type for many years, but by 1892, commercial applications included parts for cash registers and phonographs.