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Tartu Toy Museum

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Address: Lutsu 8, Tartu 51006, Estonia
Phone Number: 372 746 1777
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Description: Located in an old wooden building in the heart of Tartu’s Old Town, the...
Located in an old wooden building in the heart of Tartu’s Old Town, the Toy Museum transports its adult visitors back to their most joyous childhood days and offers children plenty to see and do. The permanent exhibit displays toys that children in Estonia have played with throughout the ages. The display also includes artist-made dolls, souvenir dolls from around the globe and traditional Finno-Ugric toys. The museum has play and workshop rooms, and the exhibit rooms also offer plenty to keep one busy. Alternating exhibits and children’s activities are organized at the museum. In Theatre House there is a theatre stage, Children’s Studio, and theatre puppets museum. Theatre House is a unique theatre which gets its inspiration from the Toy Museum, childhood, games and memories.
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Fun for kids and nostalgic for East-block parents

Ever wondered how dolls were made over a 100 years ago? Or what did the kids of 19th century played with in general? The Toy museum will tell you and a whole lot more - like the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Kala P
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Tartu, Estonia
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Tartu, Estonia
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Ever wondered how dolls were made over a 100 years ago? Or what did the kids of 19th century played with in general? The Toy museum will tell you and a whole lot more - like the overview of the soviet era toys. But it is not just a regular static museum either, for instance, you can pull out a... More 

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Waterloo, ON
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

So many toys, so little time. An extensive collection, well laid out over two buildings, with English subtitles. Ranging from 18th century to present, concentrating on Estonia, with background on the toy making history through various periods of the last century. There is an outdoor courtyard with a smal playground (and stilts!). On the second floor there is a large... More 

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Riga, Latvia
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This place makes you feel really nostalgic, especially if you come from a post-Soviet country. I could never have even imagined I could be so interested to read about the history of toys. The museum was both really educating and entertaining, it's really cozy and nice, I absolutely loved it. Perfect choice not only for children but also for those... More 

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Turku, Finland
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31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Walking into this museum is like walking into a wonderland of toys. The toys are displayed in such a way that you actually feel like you're in a little boy or girl's room. I loved that there were places where one could play with different toys as well! The information provided was also interesting and I especially enjoyed that they'd... More 

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Toronto
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192 reviews
113 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I am taking a star off because of the lady at the ticket booth. I don't know if she was suspicious of us because none of us had children. I don't know if she was having a bad day. I don't know if we looked unacceptable in some way, but she made us feel entirely unwelcome from the moment we... More 

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Dublin
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61 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

A little gem, at the edge of the town. Find time to visit it. Very modest entrance fee. See toys and games of old Nordic styles and an excellent electric train set and toy tin soldiers.

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Amersham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

We spent an enjoyable hour here with an 8 year old. The museum has an extensive collection of toys from around Europe and through the ages. There is a nice mixture of traditional displays and more hands on activities for younger visitors, with a play room on the top floor where there is plenty for little hands to get to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This is a very cute museum that is not only fun for kids (because of all the toys, of course, but also because there is a great playroom at the attic, where children can be creative and play, play, play), but also for adults who like to see retro-toys or simply toys from their own childhood. It is set up... More 

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Riga, Latvia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Nice place , in some point nostalgic - because toys are from our and ours parents childhood but in other very atractive place to spent time pleasant that theres no monster highes or other modern toys, barbies and other commersial stuff in big play room there are planty of toys, dolls ,wooden cars and so on everything is in order... More 

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Tallinn, Estonia
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

If you go there, you become a child again, and it looks just beautiful! I guess it takes more than just one hour if you go there with kids.

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Address: Address: Lutsu 8, Tartu 51006, Estonia
Phone Number: 372 746 1777
Location: Europe  >  Estonia  >  Tartu County  >  Tartu

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