Toys dating from 1820 to 1920 go on display at the National Museum of Ireland.

Just in time for Christmas an exhibition of toys opens at the National Museum of Ireland.  Play houses, dolls, steam engines and many more toys from around the world are featured.

Among the exhibits is an 1820 pine playhouse the work of a Dublin cabinet maker is big enough for children to go inside. The attention to detail is incredible with a complete range of doll's furniture including a mahogany four-poster bed complete with linen sheets, and duck down pillows, and an 1860 hand-painted wash basin. 

There are handmade dolls from Holland, India, Russia, and Dalkey to delight. 

A sure-fire favourite with boys especially is this steam engine model built in 1890 as a replica of the Dublin-Wexford Iron Horse.

The exhibition was conceived by Maireád Reynolds of the museum's art and industrial division and an expert on dolls. The exhibition was officially opened by Jim Tunney, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 17 December 1977. The reporter is Seán Carberry.