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Museum of Wonder and Delight in Folsom to close

A vignette called, “Where’s Mrs. Snuffleberry” at the Museum of Wonder and Delight in Folsom. Hundreds of vintage toys and collectibles went into this diorama, created by Dolph Gotelli.
A vignette called, “Where’s Mrs. Snuffleberry” at the Museum of Wonder and Delight in Folsom. Hundreds of vintage toys and collectibles went into this diorama, created by Dolph Gotelli. The Sacrmento Bee

Time for whimsy is running out in Folsom.

The Museum of Wonder and Delight, an inspirational showcase of vintage toys and imaginative vignettes, will close its doors May 31, founder Dolph Gotelli said Tuesday.

“It’s a very sad thing,” said Gotelli, who assembled the museum’s delightful displays from his own massive collection. “I’m trying to find a new permanent venue.”

Following a 25-year search for an appropriate gallery, Gotelli – known as Sacramento’s Father Christmas – opened the museum with the help of the Folsom Historical Society on Sept. 11, 2015. Recently, the society’s board of directors voted to close the museum, at 905 Leidesdorff St. in historic Folsom, Gotelli said.

Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, the museum just debuted “Let’s Play: Childhood Treasures from the Toy Box,” and Gotelli’s “Fairyland Tree House,” an addition to the fairy tale-inspired “Once Upon a Time” gallery.

In a 5,000-square-foot space at the end of a parking structure, the museum also features Gotelli’s many Victorian keepsakes in its year-round “Christmas Dreams” gallery.

“I’ve been getting wonderful letters (from patrons),” Gotelli said. “They said the museum brought back memories and helped make memories for their children and grandchildren.”

Debbie Arrington: 916-321-1075, @debarrington

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