- Posted April 9, 2014 by
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma
Toy Museum Marches to super success
By Bonnie Seymour
News Star Reporter
Flocking from as far away as Germany and Australia, superhero enthusiasts stormed Pauls Valley and the Toy and Action Figure Museum during the month of March, with final numbers that could be well over 2,000 people.
“Since the beginning of March we have had 1,933 people come through the museum with 1,125 of that being from the 17th to the 23rd alone. It has really gone above and beyond my expectations,” Museum Director Jodi Wood shared with the News Star.
The month of March marks the end of the museum’s off season with schools across the country having spring break at some point during the month and some well-timed promotion didn’t hurt either.
“We were featured on Discover Oklahoma this month and the Pauls Valley Tourism Committee highlighted the museum on their event billboard next to the highway. We were also featured in our local newspapers,” Wood explained.
An Internet flyer was also sent out to the museum’s database of over 2,000 people promoting a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle scavenger hunt the museum hosted in honor of spring break.
“The kids loved hunting for the turtles,” chuckled Wood.
The success the museum is experiencing doesn’t solely belong to the tourist attraction. It also belongs to the town of Pauls Valley.
“We haven’t just had 2,000 people come through our museum, we have had 2,000 people come to Pauls Valley. Through Constant Contacts and some visitors just telling us, we know people are utilizing other Pauls Valley businesses.”
“They are eating here, they are getting gas here. Some have stayed in hotels here as well,” said Wood.
Wood and the rest of the museum staff have no plans on letting the momentum slow with a couple a different events planned for the month of May; one that is happening for the first time and one that is an old favorite of participants.
“We will be hosting our first garage sale Saturday, May 3. We will be selling action figures that we have multiples of and some accessories as well. Then we have the annual Hot Wheels Double Dog Dare Derby on the 24th,” said Wood.
For more information on upcoming events, museum hours, or admission prices, please call 405-238-6300.
Source: Garvin County News Star, April 4, 2014 edition