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“my LO had great fun” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nuremberg Toy Museum (Spielzeugmuseum)

Nuremberg Toy Museum (Spielzeugmuseum)
Karlstrasse 13-15, Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany (Altstadt - St. Sebald)
0911/2-31-31-64
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Ranked #19 of 146 things to do in Nuremberg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“my LO had great fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

This afternoon my LO had a wonderful place to play himself and with other kids. The museum has three floors and a playroom full of toys, table games and wooden bricks which was my LO's favorite and we spent all afternoon there.

Visited November 2013
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“fun but overwhelming”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

this museum covers toys thru the ages…and there are lots of toys of every kind on every floor. we paid one euro extra for the english audio guide which was a good decision as it takes you thru the highlights in each section. otherwise, it would have been hard to decide what to look at.

if you read german, you could spend hours here. it took us about 2 hours to follow the 'guided' tour. our main disappointment was that the electric train wasn't running. it would have been more fun to see it go : )

i especially enjoyed the various dollhouses and miniatures. there's also a sizeable doll collection which we skipped (i like their houses better).

no photography is allowed.

lockers available with a 1 euro deposit which is refunded

i think the museum management is missing an income opportunity - a museum shop with TOYS would be a great addition to their site.

Visited November 2013
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“Amazing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Even if you think, like I did, this would be dull, think again. Incredible selection of toys and games going back centuries. Brought back some memories of childhood toys and showed the history of some toys today. Some very ingenious toys from yesteryear. Includes historic toys, games and puzzles with specific areas for dolls, doll houses, trains and other models. Most displays are in German but they do have a handheld device for other languages to explain it all (although you have to ask for it as it was not offered). Worth a look.

Visited December 2013
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“A Journey back into childhood.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

This Museum is tucked away off the central square and is contained in the upper floors of a house above a Café.
It contains a large collection of toys to evoke memories of childhood for both boys and Girls, from early wooden toys, through to electric slot car racing, small armies of lead soldiers in many guises solids, flats and continental semi round figures and Britain’s hollow casts. A vast commercial display of “Steiff” animals to delight collectors of such, including unique examples only ever included in such large shop displays. Space toys, railway layouts, Trains in just about every gauge.
Interestingly a small collection of pre-war German soldiers including rare and not so often seen personality figures including “Hitler” and his staff car and Post war Swiss military figures made from the earlier German moulds. Tinplate battleships from the middle of the 19th Century to WW2 pocket Battleship models.
Plus dolls in all shapes and sizes, associated dolls clothing, Dolls houses and a considerable collection of cars and commercial vehicles from many countries.
Overall worth the visit, an interesting trip back to childhood well displayed. Wheelchair access to most of it with internal lifts, Toilet facilities are available in the Café below. Only open Tuesday to Sunday.

Visited October 2013
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“"Spielzeug Aufbruch": History of "peaceful" toys”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Nuernberg (Nuremberg) is worldwide known as the city of toy makers (Leipzig as well) , toy exhibitions (after WW2) and of anything related with Christmas tree toys and ornaments. The old city is a jewel of beauty on the other hand, with exhiting things to see and places to visit. I do not claim that I have been enough toy museums but Nuernberg Spielzeug Museum is a "must" to see. Firstly, you are impressed by the the miniature size of a large percentage of exhibits! Toys as such are definitely more appealing like objects to be safely placed behind glass cases and be treated as collectors' items. Secondly, you find out that most of all toys are made with paper and wood, with metals being utilized only when size and subject call for them(firebrigade trucks, or electric miniature trains, or mecano structural toy-games eg). What struck me mostly is that I did not find any toy guns, or toy armored trucks or toy air bombers. This latter I consider very important as peaceful toys contribute a lot towards creating a calm and peaceful environment for small kids away from the maddening TV terror news and war games..
Do not miss this Museum when you visit the lovely city of Nuernberg.

Visited October 2013
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