The Toys’ Museum in Vilnius is a very young museum which chose the direction of modern museology and wishes to demonstrate that science and culture may present a very interesting experience which enriches a person’s childhood. The Toys’ Museum transmits scientific knowledge about the history of toys from the oldest to modern times in a family friendly way, through personal experience gained playing with toy replicas, participating in workshops, listening to fairytales, taking part in discussions and conversations with professional educators. The museum creates a relaxing atmosphere, fosters creativity and curiosity and thus helps develop a child’s personality as well as builds bridges between visitors of all generations.

 

    

Many towns in Europe and around the world host beautiful and interactive museums devoted to toys and games. So far, Lithuania has not had any such venue. Thus, a private initiative launched on March 8 of 2010 seeks to ensure that Lithuanian children, their parents, grandparents and friends could also visit a toy and game museum in Vilnius, the capital. Toys’ museum in Vilnius was opened on December 7, 2012.

    

The vision of the Toys’ Museum is to become a modern education center where visitors could not only see old toys and their replicas but also try them out. We want out visitors to see, touch, play and ask questions such as what? Where? When? and how?

         

The first part of our museum is dedicated to the oldest Lithuanian toys. This is the first place in Lithuania which displays information about the archaeological research of the toys and games inventory. The exhibition of the oldest toys is represented in eight showcases, where you will find not only useful, interesting and unheard of information, but you will able to take toys and replicas from boxes and try them out.

Our goal is to create a Toy Museum with an education mission and showcase games and toys of ancient Lithuania, which are known from archaeological, ethnographic and historical sources. We want our visitors to see how toys evolved from the oldest times to the modern day. This vision has evolved as a result of in-depth research into archaeological toys of 12th-19th centuries, historic sources and abundant ethnographic material of 19th-20th centuries kept at Lithuanian museums. We are also collecting information about mass production of toys in Lithuania in the 20th century.

 
 

 


The exposition THE OLDEST TOYS OF LITHUANIA has become the basis of the museum, where the Lithuanian material of archaeological research is presented to the public. Replicas of archaeological artefacts related to children's toys and games and reconstructed toys are an extremely persuasive way of presenting the theme of heritage. In 2015–2018, the expositions of THE OLDEST TOYS and WE ARE PLAYING STONE AGE were enriched with new elements 
CHILDREN AND BRICKS and PLAYING WITH NATURAL OBJECTS.

 

In 2018, we presented a brand new exhibition 100 YEARS AGO, which is a very important milestone in presenting a consistent story of Lithuanian toys. This new exhibition invites children and families to look back at the childhood of our grandparents and to think about their daily environment. We want visitors to discover what extraordinary and interesting things people were experiencing 100 years ago. It helps realize that there were always smart and creative people. They created toys and games, which we still use or recognize today.

 
 
 
 

In the third part of the museum visitors are welcome to enjoy another exhibition
"We are playing STONE AGE“. 
We invite You to play in this exposition and explore the Stone Age environment as well. 
How did they live? What did they do? What did they eat? What tolls and weapons did they make? However, the most important is to consider what did children in the Stone Age? What toys did they play with? How could they make their toys?


 
 



The exposition "Memories from the 20th century” presents original toys from the second part of 20th century. These are toys that we used to play 30-50 years ago. We invite visitors to explore this part of museum and to remember their childhood as well.