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Ernst Bohne Half-Doll, Coburger PuppenmuseumCoburger Puppenmuseum
Coburg was, and still is, the center of German doll production. More than 900 dolls from the classical doll manufacturing era of Germany, along with a wonderful collection of half-dolls and rare French dolls, are exhibited with period doll furniture, clothing and accessories in the Coburg Doll Museum. Fifty miniature rooms and doll-sized Dresden china will take your breath away. The museum shop offers dolls, miniatures, and doll books.

Deutsches Knopfmuseum
Deutsches Knopfmuseum
Thousands of buttons made by hand and by machine of 26 different materials over a span of four centuries are exhibited in the Deutsches Knopfmuseum. Machinery and works displays examine the rich history of buttons in Bärnau, still a center of world button production.

Deutsches Ledermuseum

Over 15,000 artifacts are exhibited in the Shoe Museum within the German Leather Museum. In addition to representing international costume history over seven millennia, the collection allows a view into humankind's intellectual and cultural history. 3500-year-old sandals from Egyptian mummy burials, pre-Christian boot amulets, bead-embroidered moccasins from the Great Plains, chopines of the Italian Renaissance, Chinese gin lien, plateau sandals from an Ottoman harem, the silk boots of Empress Sissi, and Joschka Fischer's trainers, have earned the museum a world-class position. Several hundred images of shoemakers and their products form the bridge to the Shoe Museum's gallery. Here one can see how intensely the human foot and its covering (or exposing) has inspired and still inspires the creativity of designers and artists.

Deutsches SpielzeugmuseumDeutsches Spielzeugmuseum
The German Toy Museum is the oldest toy museum in the now-united Germany. Its many treasures include an incredible array of salesmen's samples, shoes, wigs, and Sonneberg dolls of wood, papier m�ch�, china and bisque. Dioramas depict daily life in a Sonneberg doll-making family. A special exhibit coincides with the annual Neustadter Puppenfestival. Various gift items, postcards, dolls, plush animals, and books are offered in the museum shop.

Deutsches WeihnachtsmuseumDeutsches Weihnachtsmuseum
Enter the German Christmas Museum through K�the Wohlfahrt's Weihnachtsdorf (Christmas Village), a 16,000-square-foot Christmas market that is a feast for the eyes and ears ? and you need not brave the German winter to see it because it is open year-round! Built around a model of a Franconian market square with half-timbered houses, snow-covered roofs, and an eighteen-foot revolving white Christmas tree, the Christmas Village offers more than 30,000 different Christmas decorations including smokers, nutcrackers, pyramids, and tree ornaments that reflect valued German Christmas traditions.

DrechslerErzgebirgisches Freilichtmuseum
The Erzgebirgisches Freilichtmuseum (Ore Mountains Open-Air Museum), a part of the Erzgebirge Toy Museum of Seiffen since 1973, is an historical folklore museum reflecting the daily life and culture of the people of the Erzgebirge from the mid-nineteenth through the early twentieth century. Valuable examples of traditional folk culture that would otherwise be lost in the process of remodeling homes and modernizing workshops, are instead moved to the Erzgebirgisches Freilichtmuseum. The buildings, with all their authentic period furnishings, document the real world of the inhabitants. Central to the landscape of this Erzgebirge village are the homes, workshops, and communal buildings of a "Streusiedlung" (a scattered settlement) dominated by the toymaker and other craftspeople associated with woodworking. A main feature of the museum is a water-powered wood turning workshop, the last of the village's eighteen water-powered workshops still in its original form. Also to be seen are the homes of the miner, the log-driver, the toymaker, the basketmaker, the woodcutter, the wheelwright, and the farmer; a water-powered sawmill; a fire house; and a transformer station. The Historic Handcrafts Days Festival in May and September allow the visitor a fascinating first-hand experience of life and work in nineteenth-century Seiffen.

Karten, Erzgebirgisches SpielzeugmuseumErzgebirgisches Spielzeugmuseum
The Toy Museum of the Ore Mountains displays more than 3,000 colorful examples of lathe-turned, wooden folk art objects, including toys, Christmas ornaments, nutcrackers, chandeliers and miniatures. Beginning with the decline of the tin mining industry, texts and photographs illustrate important social, cultural and economic conditions which developed the village of Seiffen into a toy center. Workshop exhibits offer a glimpse into the toymaker's life. A variety of books on the region and its toy industry are offered in the gift shop.

Galleria del Costume
Palazzo Pitti Firenze

The first state-operated museum dedicated entirely to study and preservation of costumes, accessories, and fabrics, the Costume Gallery was created in 1983 under the direction of Kirsten Aschengreen Piacenti. Its prestigious headquarters is the neoclassical Palazzina della Meridiana ordered built by Duke Pietro Leopoldo of Lorraine in 1776 on the south side of Palazzo Pitti. Today, the museum storage rooms preserve a collection of more than 6,000 items of great documentary value, including ancient and modern garments, accessories, and costumes for the theater and the cinema. It is a unique gallery whose center is the famous Medici collection, among the world's oldest, made up of the burial clothes worn by Cosimo I Grand Duke of Tuscany, his wife Eleonora de Toledo, and their son Don Garzia, all restored in the museum's own restoration shops. A significant place is also reserved for contemporary costume, with selected nuclei representing the greatest protagonists of international high fashion and prêt-&gravea;-porter, such as Worth, Poiret, Vionnet, Capucci, Missoni, Valentino, Pucci, Ferré, and Yves Saint Laurent, to name only a few. Most of the acquisitions come from public and private donations, and often the wardrobes of famous personalities, either of historic importance or known for their influence on aesthetics in a given era, like the Sicilian noblewoman Franca Florio and Eleonora Duse; or from collections patiently and carefully put together by such figures as Umberto Tirelli, founder of one of Italy's most prestigious and internationally-famous theatrical and cinematographic costume houses. Due to their extreme organic fragility, the exhibits are alternated in two-year cycles according to a thematic and chronological exhibition scheme that runs from the 18th to the 20th centuries. At the same time, the Gallery holds important monographic exhibitions in specific rooms, clear testimonies to the progress made in the study of costume and fashion that are closely linked to this extraordinary collection.

German NationalmuseumGermanisches Nationalmuseum
Doll and toy exhibits spanning six centuries are concentrated in a special wing of the German National Museum. Included is a world-famous collection of 17th- and 18th-century dolls' houses, dolls, tin toys, and more.

Schneider-Zwillinge, Francois Gaultier, Hessisches PuppenmuseumHessisches Puppenmuseum
Children, by imitating grown-ups in their play, learn about becoming adults - the theme of the Hessian Doll Museum. Every facet of daily life is portrayed through dolls, dolls' clothing and accessories, and a complement of doll-scale toys, in a lovely, arcaded building overlooking the beautiful park of Wilhelmsbad spa. The development of the European doll from pre-history to the present is presented in both permanent exhibits and special exhibits that change three times a year. Postcards, books and gift items are offered in the museum shop.

Papier-M�ché Weihnachtsm�nnerHistorisches Weihnachtsmuseum
The Historical Christmas Museum exhibits more than 20,000 beloved German Christmas objects spanning two centuries. It is under one roof with Inge-Glas' Christmas Wonderland, which features a Christmas shop, glassblower's workshop, antique center with 25 traders, Teddy Bear Paradise, four seasons gift shop, and a bistro.

K�the Kruse PuppenmuseumK�the Kruse Puppenmuseum
K�the Kruse, who gave up an acting career to become a wife and mother of eight, began to produce cloth dolls for her children in 1905. When she took part in the Berlin exhibition of "Self-Made Toys" in 1910, her dolls were an overnight sensation. The K�the Kruse Doll Museum is housed in an old Capuchin Monastery. 130 dolls, life-like shop window mannequins, dollhouses, and an old doll factory are exhibited.

Kronberger HausKronberger Haus
Porcelain-lovers flock to the Kronberger House, a special exhibition presented by the Frankfurt Historic Museum. It houses two collections: H�chst Porcelain from the original factory and the magnificent Kurt Bechtold collection, a private collection that was donated to the museum, considered to contain some of the most ornate and exquisite porcelain ever produced. The house displays what one would expect of a porcelain collection: many maids-a-milking and children playing in fields, as well as numerous tea set collections, presented in the fashion of their day.

Les Secrets du ChocolatLes Secrets du Chocolat
In The Secrets of Chocolate, Marquise de Sévigné offers visitors an extraordinary museum voyage into the universe of chocolate. 800 square meters of exhibition space trace cocoa through the ages and civilizations, from its origins in South America to its huge popularity with the aristocracy in the 18th century and its present-day importance in world trade. The voyage continues through the harvesting of the cocoa broad bean to the manufacture of seductive chocolates. The facility also offers a Tea Room, where you can sample original recipes containing chocolate, and a Boutique, where you can purchase unusual chocolate products from around the world. You receive 100 grams of Marquise de Sévigné chocolate with your admission!

Marklin MuseumMärklin Museum
The Märklin Museum was originally a sample room for dealers to examine toys and trains, and make their orders. Historic models from the company's 150-year history are exhibited. In the Museum Shop, models that are available only in the museum in a one-time series are a big attraction.

Miniatur Wunderland

Miniature Wonderland is the largest model railway in the world. On the 1,300-square-meter layout, thousands of computer-controlled trains, aircraft, cars, and ships move about through several countries. It is a wonder of the world in miniature!

Porcelain Candelabrum, Meissner Porzellan MuseumMeissener Porzellan Museum
There are more than 20,000 original Meissen pieces in the Staatliche Porzellan Manufaktur's (formerly KPM) porcelain collection, providing superb examples on which reproductions are based. About 3,000 items are selected each year from this huge treasure trove and put on display in the Museum. The exhibition is never quite the same from one year to the next. The objects are of every imaginable size, from thimbles and large animal sculptures, to dinner and tea sets, candelabra and vases almost seven feet high. The manufactory outlet shop is full of tantalizing porcelain delights.

Mon Plaisir"Mon Plaisir"

"Mon Plaisir" is certain to be your delight! Created over several decades by Princess Dorothea of Schwarzburg-Arnstadt and her countless helpers, "Mon Plaisir" is a baroque village in miniature. It consists of several houses, 82 rooms, and more than 400 dolls, and provides an intimate view of bustling 18th-century life in Augustenburg near Arnstadt. Posters, postcards, and booklets are available for purchase.

Muenchner StadtmuseumMünchner Stadtmuseum

Munich's Municipal Museum houses the largest permanent collection of puppets in the world – over 5,000 of them. The comical and grotesque figures include both marionettes and hand puppets. The collection also includes detailed puppet theaters and miniature scenery, a Lilliputian version of the world of the stage. The truly remarkable collection shares the third floor with an exhibit of fairground art, including carousel animals, shooting galleries, roller-coaster models, and wax and museum figures. The museum's most important exhibit is its Moriskentanzer (Morris dancers) on the ground floor – ten figures, each 60cm (24 inches) tall, carved in wood, and painted in bright colors by Erasmus Grasser in 1480, are among the best examples of secular Gothic art in Germany. In the large Gothic hall on the ground floor one can admire a collection of armor and weapons from the 14th to the 18th centuries; the second-floor photo museum traces the early history of the camera back to 1839; and the collection of musical instruments on the fourth floor is one of the greatest of its kind in the world.

Musée Animé du Jouet et Petit Trains
Musée du Jouet

The Animated Museum of Toys and Miniature Trains is based on the private collection of George Trincot, a painter of international fame. The museum is situated in a renovated theater. Over 2,000 antique toys are exhibited on three floors. Featured is a splendid collection of trains, like the marvelous brass "Britannia" – 140 cm long and weighing 35 kg. A museum catalog and postcards are available for purchase.

Musée de la Poterie de BetschdorfMusée de la Poterie
The history of pottery in Bettschdorf begins in the 18th century with immigrant potters from the Rhineland. They brought with them the original, 13th-century techinique of making hard pottery (stoneware) with salt glazing. Betschdorf is synonymous with the distinctive grey and blue ceramic. There are currently no more than a dozen artisan potteries in the town. The best place to start your Betschdorf visit is in the local Pottery Museum – an old half-timbered house offers the perfect setting for its collection of rare antique and contemporary Betschdorf pottery.

Musée de la PoupéeMusée de la Poupée
More than 500 stunning French dolls from 1800 to 2000, cleverly displayed with their furniture, accessories and toys, are on permanent exhibition in the little Paris Museum of the Doll. Temporary exhibitions change 2 or 3 times a year. The museum draws from the private collection of Guido and Samy Odin. The museum offers a doll hospital as well as a gift shop where postcards, dolls, posters, and an extensive selection of doll books can be purchased.

Musée des Arts DécoratifsMusée des Arts Décoratifs
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs, located in the northwest wing of the Louvre's Pavillon de Marsan, is a museum devoted to interior design, furniture, objets d'arts, wallpaper, tapestries, ceramics, glassware, and toys from the Middle Ages to the present day. Notable on the first floor are the 1920s art deco boudoir, bath, and bedroom of courturier Jeanne Lanvin by designer Rateau. Decorative art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance is on the second floor; rich collections from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries occupy the third and fourth floors. The fifth has centers on wallpaper and drawings and documentary centers detailing fashion, textiles, toys, crafts, and glass trends. The newer addition is a Musee de la Publicité (Museum of Advertising), with advertising posters from the 18th century and film, TV, and radio commercials from the 1930s to today. Architect Jean Nouvel designed a cutting edge interior that also displays avant-garde video techniques.

Musée de la ModeMusée de la Mode et du Textile
The collection of the Museum Fashion and Textiles is one of the most important in the world, ranking with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. With a collection of roughly 30,000 costumes from the 18th century to the present, it is a unique museum in France. The clothing gallery, with a surface area of 1500 square meters and permanent, modern showcases, changes its exhibit twice a year. Various aspects of fashion and textiles are highlighted throughout the museum.

Fashion Exhibit, Musée des TissusMusée des Tissus
The Textile Museum is quartered in the 18th century mansion of Villeroy. Structured around the history of silk manufacture in Lyon from the Renaissance to the present, it also illustrates the most important stages of textile history illustrated with Persian carpets, Coptic tapestries, and silks from Spain, Sicily, Italy, the Middle East, and the Far East.

Fouleurs, Musée du ChapeauMusée du Chapeau
The Museum of the Hat resides in 1500 square meters of the old Jules Blanchard hat manufactory. This museum not only exhibits an exceptional collection of hats from the 18th century to the present, but documents, with video and live demonstrations, the process of transforming rabbit fur into luxury hats. The museum boutique offers books, gift items, and hats in all shapes and sizes - including doll sizes!

Musée du JouetMusée du Jouet
Installed in a modernized 14th-century priory of Poissy, the Museum of the Toy exhibits French toys dating from 1850 to 1930, an era of prolific production that was rich with new inventions. Among its more important services, the Museum offers researchers access to its Documentation Center, which is rivaled by none. Catalogs of both permanent and temporary exhibitions, past and present, are available for purchase in the museum shop, along with post cards, posters, and replicas of small, antique toys.

Musée du Parfum Musée du Parfum
Théâtre Musée des Capucines
The Perfume Museum, which opened in 1983, occupies a very lovely Napoleon III town house built in 1860 by Lesoufaché, a student of Garnier. The decoration is entirely of that period. Here you can discover a wonderful collection of perfumery objects from the ages. The Theater Museum of Capucines, first opened in 1900 and fully renovated in 1993, offers a unique exploration of the world of perfume. A miniature factory composed of 19th-century copper distilling apparatus demonstrates methods for extracting raw materials. An exquisite collection of perfume bottles from the 17th century to the 20th century tells the story of 3000 years of perfume-making. You can buy Fragonard perfume in the boutiques. Both museums are accessible by M�tro: Op�ra station, lines 3, 7, and 8.

Museo della Bambola di Angera
The imposing medieval hilltop fortress of Rocca Borromeo, overlooking Italy's breathtakingly picturesque Lago Maggiore, houses the Museo della Bambola, displaying the Borromeo family's priceless collection of dolls. Since 1988, twelve rooms of the Viscontea and Borromea wings have exhibited the extraordinary collection of dolls, toys, books, dolls' furniture, and table and board games, which constitute one of the most important museums of its kind in Europe. There are wooden dolls from the 18th century, French closed-mouth dolls, German dolls, and "béebée Caractères" made of wax, papier-màchée, porcelain, fabric, celluloid, and plastic, illustrate the historical and cultural evolution of this quite extraordinary object, which has always been an important protagonist of childhood. The museum has well-documented didactic information, which accompanies visitors on a fascinating journey through time to discover the fundamental gift of play. Audio headsets can be rented, which guide visitors through the collection in a variety of languages.

Museum der Deutschen SpielzeugindustrieMuseum der Deutschen Spielzeugindustrie
Have you ever wondered just how composition doll bodies, eyes, wigs, and other dolly things were made? These and many other questions about turn-of-the-century doll, teddy bear, and toy manufacture are answered in detailed exhibits and workshop displays. Also on display are more than 800 costume dolls representing the people of more than 100 nations; and dioramas depicting Santa's workshop, scenes from fairy tales, and the antics of Max and Moritz. A special exhibit of exquisite, modern artist-dolls coincides with the Neustadter Puppenfestival, during which the prestigious Max-Oscar-Arnold Prize is awarded. Puppenfestival souvenir dolls - which must be reserved in advance - are available in the museum shop as are gift items and postcards.

Museum of ChildhoodMuseum of Childhood
With 6,000 objects spanning 400 years of childhood, the Museum of Childhood exhibits one of the largest and oldest collections of childhood items in the world, ranging from swaddling bands of the 16th century, dolls of the 17th century, games of the 18th century, toy theatres of the 19th century, and model trains of the 20th century! The highlight of the dolls' house collection on the ground floor is the Nürnberg Dolls House, made in 1673, and the only example of its type to be found outside Germany. The Museum also has the finest collection of children's costume in the country. The best of it is exhibited with a fascinating display of nursery and baby equipment. The museum gift shop offers an extensive collection of replica toys, paper dolls, postcards, and books.

Tin Toys, Muzeum HradcekMuzeum Hradček
The former Count?s Chambers of Prague Castle house an exhibition of unique examples of old European and American toys on two floors. In seven large rooms containing sixty showcases, part of the family collection of Ivan Steiger, the film maker and cartoonist, can be seen. His Toy Museum in the tower of the Old Town Hall in Munich has already been in existence for ten years and enjoys great popularity.

Oberammergau Museum
The Oberammergau Museum showcases the rich tradition of the Oberammergau woodcarvers with creches, crucifixes, reliquary crosses, saint figurines, finely carved needle cases, paperweights, and toys, dating from the mid-18th century to the end of the 19th century. A creche from the Oberammergau parish church is the highlight of the enormous nativity collection situated on the ground floor – 129 carved and clothed jointed dolls and 80 animals depict different Christmas scenarios and the Wedding at Cana. The first floor is colorfully furnished with dolls and doll's heads, soldiers and movable fortresses, wagons and carts, stables and Noah's arks with all sorts of animals, mail coach drivers and travelers, coachmen and riders, horizontal bar artists and jumping jacks.

Puppen- und Spielzeug MuseumPuppen- und Spielzeug Museum
More than 800 dolls produced by French and German makers over a span of 200 years are exhibited in the 15th-century house of the Doll and Toy Museum. Dolls' houses, doll kitchens, and doll shops are furnished with all the precious things that a complete dolly household requires. Puppet theaters, trains, tin toys, doll carriages, and thousands of charming accessories from the distant past are on display. The extensive museum shop is a miniaturist's Mecca!

The Doll House Museum has several floors stuffed with 18th- and 19th-century toys and classic miniature toy furnishings. The main stars are themselves stuffed – ? more than 2,000 teddy bears are exhibited in perhaps the world's most complete collection representing major manufacturers. The museum's collections are organized not by toy type, but by themes ? don't be surprised to see a Steiff bear racing a model Formula-1 race car, cheered on by a crowd of other bears and dolls of every manufacture! The museum shop offers postcards, miniatures, and an outstanding catalog of the museum's collections in several languages, including English, on CD.

Muenchner StadtmuseumPuppentheater-Museum
Münchner Stadtmuseum

Munich's Municipal Museum houses the largest permanent collection of puppets in the world – over 5,000 of them. The comical and grotesque figures include both marionettes and hand puppets. The collection also includes detailed puppet theaters and miniature scenery, a Lilliputian version of the world of the stage. The truly remarkable collection shares the third floor with an exhibit of fairground art, including carousel animals, shooting galleries, roller-coaster models, and wax and museum figures. The museum's most important exhibit is its Moriskentanzer (Morris dancers) on the ground floor – ten figures, each 60cm (24 inches) tall, carved in wood, and painted in bright colors by Erasmus Grasser in 1480, are among the best examples of secular Gothic art in Germany. In the large Gothic hall on the ground floor one can admire a collection of armor and weapons from the 14th to the 18th centuries; the second-floor photo museum traces the early history of the camera back to 1839; and the collection of musical instruments on the fourth floor is one of the greatest of its kind in the world.

Queen Mary's Dolls' HouseQueen Mary's Dolls' House
Windsor Castle, a royal palace and fortress for over 900 years, is an official residence of The Queen and remains a working palace today. The State Apartments, the Drawings Gallery, St. George's Chapel, Albert Memorial Chapel, and Queen Mary's Dolls' House, are open to visitors for most of the year. A palace in miniature, Queen Mary's Dolls' House is the most famous dolls? house in the world. Built to a scale of 1:12 by master craftsmen in the 1920s, everything in the house is absolute perfection. The mechanical and engineering equipment ? water system, electric lighting, and elevators ? actually work! The gramophone plays, the wine bottles in the cellar contain genuine vintage wines, and there are more than 200 miniature volumes of books by famous authors of the day, some in their own hand, in the library. The Jumeau dolls of the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, with complete wardrobes and every imaginable accessory, are exhibited with the dolls' house. A video and several books about the dolls' house are offered in various shop locations throughout the castle grounds.

T�nzerinRichard Teschner's Figurenspiegel
�sterreichisches Theatermuseum

Richard Teschner set new standards in the realm of rod puppets. One of the most remarkable proponents of the Viennese Jugendstil movement, Teschner was extraordinarily gifted in many respects: he was a painter, graphic artist, sculptor, puppeteer and more. He created a complete artistic theatrical world including stage techniques and musical accompaniment. Using the Java rod puppet as his point of departure, he developed a new, expressive puppet style for his pantomime performances. Having risen above the conventional diorama visualization, he revolutionized puppet theater and created the unique Figurenspiegel, with images of great beauty and suggestive power. The exhibit is filled with Teschner's remarkable puppets. Arrangements must be made in advance for a puppet show.

Schildkr�t PuppenmuseumSchildkr�t Puppenmuseum
Celluloid dolls are taken for granted as cheap, mass-produced toys, but we urge a careful look at the more than 900 dolls representing 100 years of production under the mark of the turtle, exhibited in the Schildkr�t Doll Museum. It is a remarkable collection. Many models are rare.

Kestner Meisterbuch, Schloss Tenneberg HeimatmuseumSchlo� Tenneberg Heimatmuseum
Schlo� Tenneberg is a 12th-century hunting palace perched on a hill overlooking Waltershausen. It is home to the Heimatmuseum, which among its other precious relics, exhibits the products of the Waltershausen doll and toy industry. Most exceptional are the original master books of the Kestner firm.

Mobile, Spielzeugmuseum im Alten RathuasturmSpielzeugmuseum im Alten Rathausturm
The Toy Museum in the Old City Hall Tower brings children's dreams back to life. The collection of European and American toys includes dolls and dolls' houses, model railways, planes, teddy bears, carousels, and zoos with animals. Endearing treasures from the pre-Gameboy era adorn all four floors of the tower. The Munich museum, based on the collection of Ivan Steiger Family, is a sister to the Muzeum Hradcek in Prague Castle. The little museum shop offers books, postcards and toys.

Spielzeugmuseum im Wettsteinhaus
The historical Wettsteinhaus offers an attractive setting for the Toy Museum which possesses one of the most important collections of European toys in the world. Each chapter of a superb summary guide to the permanent exhibition entitled "All the Toys of Yesteryear," available in English, corresponds to each of the seventeen rooms and is a must for any serious doll and toy collector. The museum's boutique offers a variety of gift items, replicas of antique toys, and books.

Spielzeugmuseum Lydia BayerSpielzeugmuseum Lydia Bayer
The Spielzeugmuseum holds the largest and most varied toy collection in the world. Changing exhibits feature doll antiquities, wax dolls, wood dolls, china dolls, bisque dolls, celluloid dolls, costume dolls, doll rooms, doll stores, tin toys, toy railroads, wood toys, children's books, and more. The museum shop offers a variety of toys, posters, and postcards.

Spielzeugmuseum TrierSpielzeugmuseum Trier
The Toy Museum, located in the heart of Trier on the beautiful Hauptmarkt, is based on the collection of Rolf and Heidi Scheurich. More than 5,000 exhibits are distributed over 500 square meters on two floors – sheet metal toys, trains, dolls, Laterna Magicas, tin figures, Steiff animals, zoos, and more!

Margarete Steiff MuseumSteiff Museum
Visitors learn about the 125-year history of Margarete Steiff GmbH and see its fascinating and unique variety of products. More than 2,000 enchanting Steiff animals have a home in 2,400 square meters of exhibition space on the grounds of the Margarete Steiff GmbH headquarters. In the manufacturing demonstration set up especially for the Adventure Museum, visitors see how an original Steiff animal is crafted by hand, step by step, and with great attention to detail. The museum, which was dramatically improved in 2005, also has a bistro with seating for 70 people inside and out, and an attractive outlet shop.

Struwwelpeter MuseumStruwwelpeter Museum
Struwwelpeter (pronounced STROO-velpayter), or Slovenly Peter, is the most famous character created by world-renowned physician, author, and lifelong citizen of Frankfurt Heinrich Hoffman. Hoffman began sketching for children to ease their nerves while visiting his doctor?s office, and eventually wrote Struwwelpeter as a gift for his three-year-old son in 1884. It and many other stories quickly became classic cautionary tales worldwide. Der Stuwwelpeter can be found in scores of languages – Mark Twain did one translation. The small museum gallery contains a collection of original artwork created by Hoffman, editions and parodies of Struwwelpeter from the 19th and 20th centuries, and other paraphernalia of Hoffman's life and work as an author and a psychiatric innovator.

Victoria & Albert Dress CollectionVictoria & Albert Museum Dress Collection
The Victoria & Albert Museum is the world's largest museum of the decorative arts and is home to 145 galleries, including national collections of sculpture, furniture, fashion, and photographs. The Dress Collection covers over 400 years of European fashionable dress, from the mid-16th century to the present day. Nowhere else can such a parade of fashion be experienced, from the ornate embroidered suit worn by the future King James II at his wedding in 1673 to the cool sophistication of twentieth century haute couture. The museum's shop offers a wide range of gifts and books.