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“lots of toys, yes. information in english, close to zero. audio guide, yes but for 1 EUR.”

Nuremberg Toy Museum (Spielzeugmuseum)
Ranked #13 of 175 things to do in Nuremberg
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Singapore, Singapore
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“lots of toys, yes. information in english, close to zero. audio guide, yes but for 1 EUR.”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

we had initially planned to head to the DB Museum and had placed this secondary. unfortunately, at the Palace of Justice, we were inaccurately informed by the staff there that the DB Museum was included in the day ticket (just top up 2.50 EUR and you could visit several of the museums) and hence we ended up here, not wanting to waste our monies.

the assumption, having been to the other museums under the same organisation, was that an audio-guide would be made available without charge. however, this was not the case for this museum.

we hence thought that we could view the exhibits without any additional aids but were wrong - most of the exhibits were in German. it was therefore going to be an utter waste of time if we just looked at toys without understanding their significance or history.

undoubtedly there are many toys on display but a lot of it were dolls, trains, tin figurines etc, not displayed particularly in any obvious category (failure to notice this may have been an oversight on my part, but still suggests that it wasn't in-your-face-obvious!). the information provided by the audio guide (though useful due to the language barrier) was thus very haphazard and did not have an anchor to it that would have allowed one to absorb the information dished out.

furthermore, a lot of the exhibits are focused on the 1800s and early 1900s which was quite a pity as I'm sure it would have been nice for us as young adults in our 20s to see how toys transformed in the later years from the 1930s onwards. for the younger ones, I'm sure they'd be enthralled to see that many toys on display and perhaps for our seniors too, especially since a lot of these toys would be good starting points for them to share about their childhood to their posterity and even reminisce the good old days.

overall, not a fantastic experience for young people.

Visited December 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Wonderful place”
Reviewed December 25, 2013

Very interesting museum about toys from 1400-s to modern toys, from small to big. If you have spare 1 euro take guide with you there are lots of interesting stories. Last floor is a big playground for kids, so take them with you and they will be happy too.

Visited December 2013
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Walsall, United Kingdom
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“Toys over the centuries”
Reviewed December 24, 2013

A well set out museum of mostly German manufactured toys from early 1800's up to modern day Lego. Set out on three floors with a model railway. The railway is only working occasionally but there is a movie film about the person who made it. The audio guide is worth using.

Visited December 2013
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Bahrain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Interesting”
Reviewed December 16, 2013

It was kind of cool to see the toys over the years. Mostly European of course but there were several the same from North America. There is a Kid's Playroom at the top level however there were no kids, just adults playing like they were children again. If you need to kill an hour and are in the area stop by, but I wouldn't think you would need more time than that.

Visited December 2013
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Tempe, Arizona
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“Not just for kids”
Reviewed December 13, 2013

I enjoyed this rather small museum not too far from the old part of town. I used the audio guide, which I highly recommend. I listened to quite a few guides during my stay in Germany, and this was the most entertaining. The speakers presented the history of the toys on display in a humorous, engaging way that was also a bit thought-provoking. I would give yourself a little less than two hours to really go through the museum; however, you'll receive a brochure that will highlight the main points if you're in a rush.

Visited December 2013
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