Toy museum Munich/Germany

When I was in Munich in the summer and I came across the toy museum, I went to visit for two reasons: a) because I love toys and b) to conduct my own little private study in social behavior—would there be any kid visitors at all and if so, what would they think. Would they enjoy the exhibits and even  want to play with them or would they be bored to tears, nagging their parents to leave asap?

Munich’s Toy museum is located at the famous Marienplatz right in the center of the city. It covers four levels of the Rathausturm and is a very cozy affair. The tower is narrow and you have to climb a spiral staircase from story to story to enter quite small rooms, covered with wooden floors and show cases along the curved walls which allow a very close inspection of the exhibits.

Marienplatz München

Ivan Steiger, a writer, cartoonist and film maker has collected toys from the last 200 years, mainly from Europe and the US and made his collection accessible to the public through the toy museum. It was a sunny Saturday afternoon and quite to my surprise there was a queue waiting to get in. Younger people, older people and plenty of kids too.

I finally made my way in and looked at the dolls, doll houses, teddy bears, mechanical toys which were sensational at the time, Barbies and much, much more. And I watched the kids. Frankly, the dolls (with the exception of the Barbie) were a bigger hit with the adults, but the mechanical toys caught their attention. As did, surprisingly, the doll house. Kids don’t have any inhibitions to express their displeasure, but no one threw a tantrum and screamed that they wanted out. Some asked for explanations and pointed things out to each other. If they could have they would have wanted to touch these things, inspect them closely, play with them and move them around.

Käte Kruse dolls

Dollhouses I just wanted to play with

For the sailors among us!!

Barbies forever

The Toy Museum (Spielzeugmuseum) is open daily from 10am to 5.30pm.

Admission: Adults EUROS 3

Kids: EUROS 1

Familycard is available at EUROS 6

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7 Responses to Toy museum Munich/Germany

  1. John says:

    Wow, what a great idea for a blog. This is very interesting and educational too.
    Nice work.

  2. Super blog idea, Inka. And may I recommend a trip to San Marino… the tiny country has heaps of quirky little museums.

  3. travelsofadam says:

    Cool! Berlin has its fair share of quirky museums (one entirely devoted to currywurst!) so it doesn’t surprise me that Munich has a few too.

  4. ayngelina says:

    I love quirky museums, they are far more fun and often show a different view of the culture,

  5. honolulukay says:

    How crazy is this? My husband and I had a layover in Munich on our way from Hawaii to Greece two years ago. We had five hours to kill so we took a train into town and it deposited us in the Marienplatz. Neither of us had ever been to Munich before and we didn’t have time to do much more than walk around the square, look into a couple of churches and then, by the clock in the square, we ran across a sign for….. The Toy Museum!

    We were only able to spend about half an hour there (which was just about enough) but it was marvelous. And the most frustrating thing about it is that you want to play with some of the toys. My husband especially liked the trains and the mechanical ferris wheel. Amazingly, we didn’t see a single kid in the place.

    How interesting that you would write about the one place we visited in Munich.

    Kay in Hawaii

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