The Leksaksmuseet or Toy Museum in Stockholm, Sweden is the place to see antique toys that became part of children’s life at some point in the last century. There are literally thousands of antique toys and playthings that are systematically displayed. Cutting across the length and breadth of the museum are two sets of model trains laid-out in such a way so that museum guests can take turns in running the model trains. The curves and twists of the train track fascinate youngsters and adults.
As with the trains, not everything in the museum is for display. To entertain the children, the museum is gracious enough to provide a play room for the younger children. A video game centre is provided for the older children and for the parents and other adults, manual pinball machines reminiscent of the 60s and 70s are available for use.
The Toy Museum was originally located in Mariatorget. For more than 20 years it was its home. The museum’s growing collection necessitated a move to a bigger venue and today the Leksaksmusee is at Tegelviksgatan 22, on Södermalm east of Sofia near Danvikstull. It is hard to miss the entrance as it is behind the café inside the Transport Museum (Spårvägsmuseet).
The Toy Museum is not a hodgepodge of toys and gadgets. The layout is thoughtfully considered. Transportation toys are grouped as Boats, Cars, Airplanes and Motorbikes. Here you will see the different designs of toy transportation modes from manual to mechanical to electrical system over the last century. A special niche is given to Steam Engines. The collection is from the 19th to the 21st century.
A tribute to Mickey Mouse toys and gadgets is housed in the Leksaksmusee. The collection is from the 1930s up to the present. There are Dioramas that depict the history of mankind up to the Apollo 11 historic landing on the moon in 1969.
There are allotted areas for dolls and teddy bears, with priceless and precious dolls dating back to the 16th century. There are mechanical toys too from the collection of the German producer Lehmann. As recent as March 2011 a burglary at the Toy Museum transpired and it was reported than more than 100 toy cars and motorbikes were stolen.
A special section for figurines made of materials such as plastic, elastolin, lineol and pulp paper are on display mostly depicting historic scenes. Other brands of toys on display are: Lego, Meccano, Brio, Playmobil, Barbie, McDonald and more.
The Toy Museum in Stockholm is opened everyday from 10am to 5 pm and on weekends from 11 am to 4 pm. Entry fee is from 20 kr per head to 100 kr per family.