Welcome to The Puzzle Museum
The museum comprises tens of thousands of mechanical puzzles from 320 BC to tomorrow's prototypes. The museum contains various collections by theme, maker etc. with many described on this website.
The Puzzle Museum Collection was started in 1886. This Website in 1996.
Over 15000 puzzles have been catalogued and classified. You can browse the catalogue and view the gallery which contains images giving an overview of the entire collection in 2003.
This museum, the world's finest puzzle collection, represents nearly 140 years of continuous puzzle collecting by ten people.
Exploring the Museum
A good place to start is with a history of puzzles. From there your interest could take you to impossible bottles, rubiks cube, puzzle jugs or mathematics.
For a quick glance at a couple of hundred puzzles showing the scope of the collection look at the Index of "Puzzles of the Month" these are sorted according to the Hordern-Dalgety Classification.
The sections below introduce some of the collections within the museum.
The Puzzle Museum is a private collection-based museum. Owing to lack of appropriate facilities, it is not currently open to the general public. Visitors, mostly world experts in the field, come by invitation, or recommendation only. Unfortunately this is unlikely to change until we can find a permanent institutional home for the collection. [more]
Puzzle of the Month
Samples of Puzzle Ephemera
A tiny selection for you to puzzle over. [more]
These boxes are amongst the most common antique puzzle boxes found. They were made in Sorrento in Italy from around 1860 to 1960s. [more]
Sculptures of Miguel Berrocal
The work of Miguel Berrocal has been well known and greatly appreciated in the Art World for many years.
However many of the world's puzzle enthusiasts seem to know very little about him and his works. Most know that he has produced the "Ultimate" in 3D puzzles, a few think that they are expensive but they tend to be unaware of the amazing technical achievements of some of the sculptures [more]
Harry Eng's Impossible Bottles
Harry Eng the Master Bottle Filler.
Harry was born in 1932 and died in 1996. He was a school teacher, educational consultant, inventor, and magician. [more]
Solitaire is one of the great classic puzzles.
There are two basic layouts, the English 33 hole and the French 37 hole versions. Moves are made by jumping a piece over a neighbouring piece into a vacant hole. The jumped piece is removed.[more]