Address: 8, Klovskiy Descent Str., Kiev
Phone number: 2535400
Opening hours: 10-19, on Saturday – 10-17.45
Closed on Sunday and Monday
This is the most childish Museum. It first comes to mind when we decide what to show children in Kiev. The collection of toys of the Museum does credit to any European city. The collection has been gathered here since 1930th and it causes nostalgia, kind and nagging like childish photos of one’s father and mother, as pictures of our dearly loved children in cradles and bows. Our grandfathers and grandmothers, our parents played with these bears, dolls and cars. What toys of the plastic world of the 21 century will replenish the halls to represent the started century in a proper manner?
The world of children’s games is here, in these show windows. Many things here provoke smile, as the profile, the image of the epoch: for example, polyethylene dolls with faces of little Lenin, the first Soviet transformers with symbolic name “From combine to tractor” (not anyhow). Children, for whom the USSR is unknown abbreviation, learn about that perished country from these exhibits.
We’ll be informed of the “Party line in manufacture of toys” and about their “Ideological filling” (we naively believed they were filled with sawdust). We will learn that the idea of creating Toy Museum of the Soviet country appeared over 70 years ago, but the Party’s Resolution was implemented only in 1993. Along with commercial models of toys, exclusive author works of Soviet puppet-makers, unique collection of desk – printing games, colorful collection of Ukrainian national games are represented in the collection of the Museum.
History of toys is the history of time, history of techniques and achievements. Adult world in miniature. In the show windows we can observe much interesting: policemen in peg-top trousers of the 1030th, spaceships and clockwork cars, which were dream of the Soviet child of 1960th, dolls, reproducing fashion of seven decades, bears and hares, pioneers and soldiers, the first artificial fir tree, made of chicken feather and functioning model of steam machine. It’s forbidden to touch them since it is history. But even without touching, the collection gives us great pleasure.