The Toy Museum of Catalonia
The Toy Museum of Catalonia was opened in 1982 in the premises of the former Paris Hotel on the Rambla de Figueres. The museum displays more than 4000 pieces: zootrops, mechanical toys, theatre sets, animals and cardboard horses, kitchens, balls, tops, planes, cars, trains, dolls, puppets, magic tricks, games for the blind games, fancy dress costumes, cut-outs, soldiers, robots, steam engines, teddy bears, tricycles, scooters,… many of these pieces are accompanied by old photographs of children with their toys, which helps us to place them chronologically and see how children played with them.
The Toy Museum of Catalonia. Some of the toys belonged to figures such as Anna Maria and Salvador Dalí, Federico García Lorca, Joan Miró, Josep Palau i Fabre, Joan Brossa, Quim Monzó, Frederic Amat amongst others. The Museum has a toys and games documentation and research centre, the Brossa-Fregoli Auditorium and an area for outdoor activities on the museum’s terrace.
The Toy Museum of Catalonia. A visit to the collection may produce different interpretations: a nostalgic trip back in time, through the toys of our grandparents, an observational visit, in which we focus on the scientific and technical advances of the day that have influenced the design of games and toys, in the same way that historical events and artistic movements have done and continue to do so today.