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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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Countless vintage toys

They have an excellent collection of old toys in a relatively good location near the city center, in the old town. They have various children's toys from the XIX century, newer... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Novi Sad, Serbia
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Novi Sad, Serbia
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

They have an excellent collection of old toys in a relatively good location near the city center, in the old town. They have various children's toys from the XIX century, newer toys from the SSSR era and even newer, hand made toys. The collection is quite large, so it is certain that (almost) everybody can find something interesting. Unfortunately the... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We (me and my daughter aged 13) didn't have special plans for this museum but since I've heard about it before and we were walking down the street... why not? Many, many toys, and if you are middle-aged you will surely find some little thing that will raise sweet memories of your own childhood, whether you're male or female -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Place is full of nostalgy. You can spend hours and hours to find toys you once had. Suits for all ages as adults and kids in our family both found lots of interesting toys to look at. And no one wanted to rush away from here.

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Flensburg, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

In some respect, this is nice, but: I had the feeling that it is more interesting to locals as they are able to identify several items which are on exhibit - as a perfect stranger it was difficult to make some sense out of most items. Yet, it was still interesting to visit and to see how locals were responding... More 

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Tampere, Finland
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is top ten best museum's inside in europe. You can see different decades and centuries eyes of child.

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Tartu, Estonia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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 11 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 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 24 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 233 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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