The Toy Museum
Large collection of old toys
The Toy Museum exhibits about 5000 toys, where as there are all together roughly 25000 individual toy objects throughout Den Gamle By. At the Toy Museum most of the toys on display are from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s, and the oldest pieces date back to the 1600s.
Walk down memory lane in the two-story warehouse from the 1700s, and enjoy the exhibitions displaying dolls, doll houses, stream engines, mechanical toys, tin soldiers, optical toys and more. There are home-made and mass-produced toys and playthings for girls and boys in equal measure.
Difference between toys for boys and girls
Childrens toys played an important role in the upbringing, mainly with focus on becoming an adult. From the late 1700s toys for the boys were meant to help raise boys to become outgoing citizens, and for girls it was to introduce them to a future as housewives, with fine porcelain, dolls and dollhouses.
The Toy Museum has collected toys for many years to show the role that childrens toys has played throughout Danish history. Analyses of the museum's collection show that they promptly reflect the changes taking place.
Tin and mechanical toys
Tin and mechanical toys were produced in large amounts in Germany and came to Denmark from the mid-1800s. The Toy Museum exhibits tin cars from the German toy company Märklin and mechanical toys from German Lehmann and the Danish company Tekno.
On the second floor at the end of the exhibition, you can rest your feet and enjoy a cartoon or black and white movie from old times, showing how optical toys and television was starting to take place in the mid-1900s.