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Spielzeugmuseum Nürnberg - Museum Lydia Bayer (Lydia Bayer Toy Museum)

Museen der Stadt Nürnberg (Museums of the City of Nuremberg)

Nürnberg, Urban municipality / Mittelfranken

Doll's kitchen with Steiff figures, Gingen a. d. Brenz, 1920/21
Doll's kitchen with Steiff figures, Gingen a. d. Brenz, 1920/21

Spielzeugmuseum Nürnberg – Museum Lydia Bayer

Museen der Stadt Nürnberg

Karlstraße 13-15
90403 Nürnberg

Tel. 0911/231-3164
Tel. 0911/231-3260
Fax 0911/231-5495

Opening hours

Di.-Fr. 10.00-17.00, Sa. u. So. 10.00-18.00, Christkindlesmarkt: auch Mo. 10.00-17.00


Nuremberg has been linked with the manufacture and trade of toys for more than 600 years. This tradition ranges from the medieval “Dockenmacher” (toy makers), past the manufacturing of outstanding pewter figures and the numerous tin toy manufacturers in the Age of Industriali-sation to the International Toy Fare: Nuremberg was and is a toy city of world fame. The museum, which opened in 1971, presents exhibits ranging from antiquity to the present time, with a particular emphasis on a collection of toys of the past 200 years, which was established in the 1920s by Lydia and Paul Bayer.
A whole world of historical toys can be discovered behind the Renaissance façade of an old Nuremberg trade building and in the adjoining new annex: wooden toys, mostly from the Erzgebirge, Thuringia, the Gröden Valley and Oberammergau welcome visitors on the ground floor. On the first floor, exquisite doll’s houses and kitchens provide a detailed insight into living culture in the past centuries. A small cabinet with a colourful Rococo stucco ceiling is dedicated to standing figures made out of paper, pewter and other materials. A another section takes the visitor into the world of young and old doll enthusiasts. The worlds largest collection of toys made by the firm Ernst Paul Lehman is the focus of a new section on company history. A “Tin World” is presented on the second floor: numerous vehicles, trains, steam engines, locomotion models, movable figures, optical and other technical toys document the outstanding roll of the Nuremberg-Fürth toy manufacture in the Age of Industrialisation. The new display in the attic offers an entertaining overview over the development of toys in the last 50 years. The exhibits range from repair and handicraft material in the post-war period to modern high-tech toys. Small visitors can play in the large, artistically decorated children’s area “Kids on Top”. Super-vised programmes take place on week-ends. Regular temporary exhibitions present the vast collections hidden away in the depots and provide a forum for interesting private collections. Guided tours, collector’s fairs, lectures, courses on historical toy making and a well-stocked museum shop complement the activities. During the summer months, from May to October, there is a large open-air area (800 m²) with many more attractions for children as well as optical light shows in a historic cellar.


Staunen im Dunkeln

general tour, target group: families
Next date on 28.10.2017, at 12:00