Colmar – Toy Museum

This is more than an exhibition, the toy museum is a magical setting where you will discover a varied, exciting and unique collection. Here you will find the imposing Cinderella Coach, the Britannia locomotive, a magnificent train network of over 1000 metres and animated displays which will appeal to collectors and ‘children’ of all ages. A puppet theatre designed by Christian Prevost, with 35 computer-controlled pieces, play out ‘The Fox and the Stork’, an Alsatian fable by Jean de la Fontaine. This is a real treasure to uncover in Colmar, there is a wonderful collection of nearly two thousand toys:- dolls, trains, robots, bears etc…from the 19th century to the present day.These objects belong to George Trincot, an internationally known painter.

The city of Colmar decided to purchase the collection in order to enhance tourism in the city, and create a museum: The Museum Of Animated Toy Trains and Small Toys. The museum is located over three floors in a disused cinema: Cinema Vauban. The development was completed and opened on December 4th 1993. It is managed by the Association MAJEPT (Animated Museum of Toys and Trains). In the Great Hall, waiting to greet you is the large Cinderella Coach, a large window is dedicated to animated robots and circus and carnival themed toys. There are also showcases containing Meccano, Bugatti, Steiff bears, others house a variety of planes, boats, toy soldiers etc…In the centre of the hall is a demonstration table which allows the children to get hands-on and play with some of the toys.The second floor is dedicated to dolls:- there are antique dolls from the 19th century produced by such names as Twin, Gaultier, Simlon, Halbig and Petitcollin etc…

Other showcases include an exceptional collection of Barbie dolls and others from the last 80 years. There are numerous accessories for doll’s houses such as tea sets, sewing machines and many more. The whole of the third floor is devoted to trains, with about half a mile of track, there are different gauge, more than one hundred trains of all differing makes: Marklin, LGB, Bing, JEP, Hornby, RS etc…Several of the trains are on the move continuously thanks to the careful maintenance of a team of volunteers. An exceptional locomotive on show is the Britannia, Pacific model weighing 231 pounds thirty-five and measuring one metre forty.

October-June: daily except Tuesday from 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 18:00.

July-September: daily continuously from 9:00 to 18:00.

Closed: 1 January, 1 May, 1 November and 25 December

40 rue Vauban
68000 Colmar
Tel: 03 89 41 93 10

Official website:- www.museejouet.com

Information courtesy of Colmar Tourism

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