The Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museumof Tops, Yo-Yos, Gyroscopes, Spin toys, Spinners. Hands-on science. Field trips. Mystery Tours. Shows. Hands-on Programs, Hands-on toys! Yo--- LIKE us on Facebook! Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum ..........................................................................................
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. INTERNATIONAL . TOP SPINNING DAY is OCT 11, 2023! Reports & photos for 2022 will be posted soon. Start planning for Oct. 11, 2023- Spin your tops wherever you are, and email us the total, etc. Celebrate- the earth is a spinning top!
sorry museum tours are not available right now- classes & workshops still being offered ............................................................................................................................................................................................................
~ the Unique Museum! is a 4-part program & tour with hands-on tops & optical spinners! Museum gift shop open after the tour!_____________________________________________________________
Includes a ball bearing yo-yo to keep! Register ahead, limited space 262 763-3946
a few of the thousands of fun things in our gift & toy shop!
.....Tops & Spinning Gizzmos make great gifts..... for kids and grandpas, and all ages in- between and for schools and living rooms, parties, science fun, and college dorms! 2 Catalog pages to shop: Top Museum Catalog Page 1 Top Museum Catalog Page 2
Temporarily not available: Field Trips, Bus Tours & Group Visits! ~for groups of 35-50 people! Group Discount available. Daytime, evening, weekends: your choice. Call 262 763-3946 for details.
available: Can you See the World's Smallest Tops?! Just $1/person, $2 minimum, During toy & museum gift shop hours. Call for hours, as they vary: 262 763-3946
The Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum is a famous attraction with its unique and lively visit/tour with a presentation! (much more than just an exhibit)
Click: HOURS TO VISIT Try 40+ hands-on spinning tops & hands-on action top games, optical illusions, see the amazing exhibit of 2,000 tops & yo-yos & gyroscopes; top spinning videos, try the I Spy Hunt plusenjoya live presentation by celebrity,The Top Lady, Judith Schulz.
This is not a typical museum; rather it is a program, guided personal tour, demonstrations, major exhibit and 40 hands-on tops & top games to try! Fun!
Location: Burlington, Wisconsin, USA (SW of Milwaukee, in Racine County, North of Chicago, Illinois )
Here everyone is a kid again! Meet the Tops Expert from an MGM movie, spin top toys, see unusual spinner tops in the presentation,and afterwards visit the gift shop with hundreds of spinning things, both modern and antique. You will see toy tops, trompos, trottoles, toupies, kreisels, komas, gyroscopes, yo-yos, and more from around the world: plus actually try a number of different and interesting spinning tops.
The live presentation is a unique feature included in the fast 2 hour visit/tour/program! It includes seeing first hand how a number of unique spinners and tops actually work, several classic yo-yo tricks, a gyroscope trick, see the MGM movie prop tops, and a movie scene re-enactment. A little science and history is woven into the demonstration, too. Hands-On Tops & Top Games to tryoptical illusion Tops, tops that defy physics tops, cultural tops, a no-hands top, bracket tops, wire rollers, comparison challenge, a style invented in the 1880s that makes people smile, old fashion pump top, spindle tops, finger tops, action spinning games with surprises and points, and more. This list varies from time to time. Note Yo-Yo notes: If you bring your own yo-yo along, you are invited to show a few tricks you know during the show portion of the tour. Yo-Yos are not part of the hands-on feature at the museum. Yo-yos are part of the exhibit, classic yo-yo tricks are demonstrated during the show, a large selection of yo-yos are available in the gift shop and then yo-yo classes are offered at other times. Peg/skill throwing tops: if you wish to learn the skill throwing peg top, classes are offered at other times, but these type of skill tops are not part of the hands-on feature of the museum for safety reasons. They are on exhibit & demonstrated during the show presentation, of course.
HARKThe museum is not open for drop-in visits because it is a program at specific times: click here for posted times. Other times can be arranged for large groups.
Yo-Yo Classes Learn to Yo-Yo! Get a great ball bearing yo-yo to keep & learn many yo-yo tricks! Beginners: ages 8-adult. Registration required.
Learn to spin the SKILL PEG TOPS, classic fun! Try the competitive games & learn a trick, too. Get the wood top with metal peg, string & button to keep. For ages 7-107. Learn from the instructor who taught the movie stars how to spin these tops! Class registration required.
Check the times for the hands-on Logic Puzzle Museum, too! 60 brainteasers & mechanical puzzles to try! See exhibit & make a puzzle to keep. Puzzle/brainteaser catalog page, too
Save the dates: ANNUAL YO-YO & SKILL TOYS CONVENTION as seen in past years: AAA's ‘Get Up & Go’ section, Chase's Events, Racine Journal Times' Out & About Magazine, St. Paul MN Pioneer Press Travel Section front page, Discover WI TV, and more. More than $500 of prizes! And.....special Annual Major Yo-Yo Exhibit 1000 Yo-Yos & Memorabilia
Great gifts for kids & grown-up kids: click here to buy things: ~ CATALOG p.1~ ~ CATALOG p.2 ~ Toys, Spinning Tops, Gyroscopes, Spinning Toys, Spin Physics & fun of all sorts Of course you know the movie A Christmas Story with Ralphie! Did you know that we worked on the sequel to that movie, and our name is in the credits! Visit the museum to see some of the movie props and meet the Tops Expert fromMy Summer Story.
an independent review from a parent...
"The Spinning Top and Yo-Yo Museum is more of an experience then classic museum. Which is a good thing! I went with my 9 year old son, who ate up the hands on time with the vast array of tops, games, and intricate pieces. I won't lie, I giggled and played with everything myself, and had just as much fun. This was followed by an I-Spy game, with the winner getting a prize. (Not an easy feat when you see how large this collection actually is!) The demonstration portion was fabulous with audience participation, that shows just how in-depth "toys" like tops and yo-yo's can be. The presenter was entertaining, personable, and informative. With thousands of tops, and yo-yo's its visually a feast for the eyes. I look forward to going again!" Visited March 2013
~REWARD for you: If you would like to
donate your copy of any of these back issues,we would be delighted... a few extra copies are needed for
our archives. If you bring a copy in excellent/good/complete condition to
donate, we offer a reward/discount off on anything in our gift shop
that day, per issue! Reward is a coupon to spend in our gift shop, no minimum
purchase required. You can even combine coupons! ~ Reminisce Magazine,
Nov/Dec 1998: Reward $2 discount
coupon for gift shop. ~ Midwest Living Magazine,
issue listing 2012 Yo-Yo Convention.
Reward $1 discount coupon for gift shop. ~ AAA Magazine March 2011, & the issue with the 2012 Yo-Yo Convention listing: Reward $1 discount coupon for gift shop. ~ Our
Wisconsin Magazine, Feb. 2016 issue and or Jan 2018 issue: Reward: $1 discount coupon for each for gift shop. ~ Wisconsin Trails Magazine May/June 2010 issue
TV....A fun segment that appeared on Madison, Wisconsin's WKOW TV on the 10 pm news:See a bit of the museum and meet the director. The piece is called Someone You Should Know click on this link to view the story, not sure if video is still availablehttp://www.wkowtv.com/Global/category.asp?C=135523
..................................................................................... This list will not be used by anyone other than the Top Museum and our Logic Puzzle Museum. Thanks for signing up! .................................... COOL Take a panoramic 360 degree look at our street and great historic building facades, photos by Ned Chiariello. (you need Quick Time to view this) Use your Shift key, Control key to zoom in and out, and your mouse to move left and right. It's fun to see our neighborhood, and we hopeto see you soon! http://homepage.mac.com/panophoto/.Movies/Top4LoRez.mov
........................................................ Groups! The Viper Club of America, Illinois Region came to tour the tourist attraction of Burlington Spinning Top Museum Almost 2 Million Dollars worth of cool cars were downtown Burlington, Wisconsin. Owners came from as far North as Green Bay, Wisconsin and as far South as Frankfurt, Illinois. 21 Dodge Viper cars were parked throughout downtown, with 8 in front of our buildings. Take a look: at two 360 degree virtual reality photos by Ned Chiariello. (You need Quick Time to view this) Use your Shift key, Control key to zoom in and out, and your mouse to move left and right. 1. http://homepage.mac.com/panophoto/.Movies/Viper.mov 2. http://homepage.mac.com/panophoto/.Movies/Viper2.mov
Model A car clubs, Convertible Car Clubs, Harley Clubs have all been here.. You can schedule your group, organization, church group, too: call to set up a time for your group of 30-50 people. (262)763-3946
............................................................. Free Special Event wherever you are! Do take part in the Free International Top Spinning Day wherever you are in the world that day ................................................................................................................
SPINNING TOP & YO-YO MUSEUM of toy spinning tops, yo-yos, gyroscopes. Burlington, Wisconsin........... HANDS-ON TOY MUSEUM with a LIVE PRESENTATION
This is a unique museum because it is more than an amazing exhibit, and it has specific times to visit for a program with hands-on, a tour, exhibits, and a live presentation! Check the HOURS & EVENTS page on this website or give us a call for other times. (262) 763-3946 Adult groups, student field trips, group outings, science classes, Scout troops, engineers, tourists, and families have been enjoying it for 2.5 decades. We are located in Burlington in Racine County, about 30 minutes west of the City of Racine, South West of Milwaukee, and just 10 minutes from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: in Southeastern Wisconsin. Burlington is known as Chocolate City, and we know Chocolate is Tops! Science turns everything here when you meet the tops expert, the top spinner for Ralphie spinning tops in the MGM movie My Summer Story, the sequel to the famous movie A Christmas Story.
And as a family museum, there is plenty of hands-on time for kids and adults! (P.S. Senior Citizen tours really love their visit and fun here, too!)
& See the extensive, amazing exhibition which includes Carrom Boards Antique tops Cracker Jack Toys Modern tops Games with tops Japanese tops Gyroscopes Rattlebacks Optical tops You-pays Pumps tops Yo-yos Diabolos Yo-Yo contest patches Peg tops Advertising tops Dreidles Put 'take game tops Memorabilia Old ads Whip Tops Button style spinners Yo-yos Yo-Yo contest patches Booklets Contest signs Display boxes Aerial tops a kite & top set! A bubble blower & top set! Vintage tops Postcards & greeting cards Clown tops Postage stamps MGM Movie memorabilia Fudge TV show memorabilia Tops & toys from around the world! And so much more...
Frequently Asked Questions about the Spinning Toy Top & Yo-Yo Museum
Top Museum visitor ages, reservation info, buying in the gift shop, adult & school programs: everything you wanted to ask. CLICK on FAQ for all the answers. Spinning tops, gyroscopes, yo-yos, toy tops, top games, dreidles, wizzers, spinning science, toy history, wood tops, button spinners, Cracker Jack tops, diabolos, and Gibbs tops are found in this interactive museum: The Top Museum. All of this just 2 hours north of Chicago. Tour groups, senior tours, school field trips, club tours, and families all enjoy this hands-on museum in downtown Burlington, WI. And... do come to the annual YO-YO, ETC. CONVENTION: days of yo-yos, yo-yo contests, toy exhibits, yo-yo collectors, paddleballs, hula hoops, juggling, and lots of other spinning science fun.
READ & SEE MORE ABOUT THE SPINNING TOY TOP & YO-YO MUSEUM IN WISCONSIN
The Spinning Top Museum is featured on TV, radio, national magazines, and newspapers including Ripley's Believe it or Not TV, PBS' Wild Chicago, Reminisce Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and more. CLICK on "Read More" button on left of this page or at bottom of this page. Our famous Yo-Yo Convention has offered the Original Wisconsin State Yo-Yo contest, the Worldwide Yo-Yo Contest, Saturday exhibitions, demonstrations, yo-yos everywhere, paddle balls and science toys, juggling, diabolos, "collecting yo-yos," endless spinning science, family activities, Duncan yo-yo experts, funny yo-yo contests, and playing for for kids and grown-up kids!
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: SPINNING TOY TOP & YO-YO MUSEUM
Donations to the non-profit, educational museum are tax deductible in most cases. Please visit the donations page for details. Financial donations and gifts of tops, yo-yos, and gyroscopes are always welcome.
CONTACT & VISIT THE SPINNING TOY TOP & YO-YO MUSEUM, LOGIC PUZZLE MUSEUM
(262) 763-3946 533 Milwaukee Avenue, Burlington, WI 53105 USA
We are one of the official "quirky destinations" in WI; honored to be in OffBeat Museums, Eccentric America, Oddball Wisconsin, and recommended by the funny and talented Smothers Brothers. Toy collectors, former kids, and current kids all enjoy the hands-on, interactive museum. From homeschooling families and MENSA groups, to Harley Motorcycle clubs and engineers, groups enjoy this family museum. Meet the Top Lady, Judith Schulz, who is the top expert with a peg top, casting top, or throw top from MGM"s movie My Summer Story.
CATALOG! SPINNING TOY TOPS, TOYS, YO-YOS
Spinning Tops and spinning toys for sale on the Catalog Page: Buy spinning tops and give - the entire family a top this season - as a set to your favorite group or classroom - everyone a top for the next holiday - for a science fair exhibit with spinning tops - a start to your own toy top collection - a growing child a new top or two every holiday and create a lifelong heirloom toy collection - for a baby shower gift - to a budding scientist - to an executive - to the person who has everything, except our top that spins for up to 7 days!
~ Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum ~ 533 Milwaukee Avenue, historic downtown Burlington, Wisconsin 53105 USA (262) 763-3946 [email protected]
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