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.
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.
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