With more than 6,000 toys the Spielzeug Welten Museum or Toy World Museum in Basel is the largest of its kind in Europe and the perfect place to entertain the kids – young and old alike!The museum is the brain child of local philanthropist Gigi Oeri and the toy box was opened in 1998.From the 2,500 teddy bears including those by Steiff and Chad Valley, to the 19th century doll’s houses and shops, tin solders and meticulously maintained mechanical toys, they all have a home at the museum. There is even a rare collection of Neapolitan fold art by the renowned artist Mario Capuano.Many toys have been loved and played with, while others were purely made to just be looked at and admired from afar. Often the dioramas, were used to school young girls in the tasks they would perform as adults, from cooking to cleaning to childcare.Our personal favourites are the working fun fair miniatures – this is just one that exemplifies the pursuit of perfection in the desire to create an object true to scale.Careful workmanship, individuality, imagination, beauty and an overall love for toys is apparent throughout, whether they are just noble play things or exquisite pieces of art.
The Spielzeug Welten Museum is open 10 am to 6pm daily and admission costs 9 CHF. Guided tours operate on the 1st Saturday of the month and can be book in English via Basel Tourism. For more information find them on Facebook.com.
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