CONTRIBUTED BY ALEXIS TUCKER
Do you recall ever seeing a child’s face light up when they receive a new toy? The joy of a child’s face when they get a new toy or game is similar to the delight of an adult’s face when they see a toy that they had long ago when they were a child. It instantly brings back memories of the places you took that toy, who played that game with you, or maybe that holiday in which you received it. My husband experienced this burst of joy as we neared the end of the (Spielzeugmuseum) Toy Museum in Nuremberg.
Looking in from the outside a few windows were lit in which you could view inside of the building as a four toys spun on exhibition on the first floor. The toys were preserved in beautiful, brightly lit glass boxes. Within the museum the toys ranged from Nazi soldiers, Disney items, train sets, airplanes, puppetry, and so much more. There was even an entire floor dedicated to dolls and doll houses set up as if a child had left it in that order before being called away. It gave the feeling as if the toys were a scope of what a child’s life was like in the past. The museum was much larger than we had expected. It occupied four floors in which you would find toys from the 1800’s to the 1990’s. From tin, glass, paper, cloth, plastic, and wood there were toys of every sort.
The exhibit was easy to follow as playful stairs led you from one area to another. Small cards stated the dates and locations of where the items were from while others told who the owners were. A little further on through the exhibition, printed on the walls, you could find the decades of the toys largely written with a brief description of what was popular in the toy industry at that time. This was in English and German. Along the way were toys your children could play with and at the very end a small toy room as well.
We highly recommend this to children and adults of all ages. We were happy to see our old friends Barbie and Jem the Rockstar, plus He-Man and his castle Grayskull! No matter if you grew up in France, Africa, Germany, or the United States you are sure to see something that hits close to home.
Restroom: Outside of the play room there is a door on the right that says W.
For an extra €2.50 you can also use your entrance ticket as a day ticket, i.e. if, for example you buy a day ticket at the Toy Museum, you may also visit all other municipal museums free of charge on the same day.
Tuesday – Friday: 1000 – 1700
Saturday & Sunday: 1000 – 1800
During the Christmas market in December also:
Monday: 1000 – 1700
During the International Toy Fair:
Daily: 1000 – 2000
90403 Nürnberg, Germany
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Note: Alexis first published this article on her website, and then graciously shared it with Germany Ja!