Be ready to stay two or three hours to enjoy the visit and the games…
Montauban Toy Museum was created by both Mr Gerard Misrai – an old toy big collector- and Mrs Michele Gualino, « Irene’s House » nursery founder.
With an area of 600 square meters available as well as well-organized toys on display at children’s height, the museum can put on display more than 2000 pieces.
This museum is the work of art of a passionate man who has spared neither his time nor his passion.
Thanks to the association’s support, he manages to make this place come alive and he tells stories and anecdotes, sometimes quite unusual, on all these toys. Presentation sheets are displayed in each area to present these objects and also tell their stories.
If you like small trains, you will find circuits with locomotives, among which the oldest ones date from the 1930s.
Hundred-year-old dolls will make you dream as well as toy tea sets, cradles and sewing machines …
What about the car collection of all types ? Let’s admire a big working model with a complete engine from pistons to the gearbox.
The Tour De France story is presented with its publicity caravan and thousands of racing cyclists and you will even be able to admire some of their jerseys !
Then, you will arrive to the « Meccano » workshop with its great models. You will also have the opportunity to admire fishing ship and sailboat models and much more. On the way, you will even discover famous monument models such as Montauban Cathedral or Chenonceaux Castle.
You will discover many society games that are nearly not used any more nowadays – children prefering digital games- but that are part of our one–thousand-year old culture. Who knows now that snakes and ladders was a game that was invented during the Trojan Times ?
Don’t miss the circus with its high big top, its caravan and its animals.
Feel passionately about history with the little soldiers … from paper soldiers to lead soldiers, from the richly colours of the Empire to camouflage clothes of nowadays.
Wooden rocking horses will bring you back to the time of your childhood.
Finally, stay for a while at the playground where children and adults are invited to display their skills and their dexterities.
For children interested in building small « Meccano » models, the museum will provide them with pieces of toys to assemble with the corresponding plans.
The playroom available to visitors includes games for all ages from three years old : early-learning games on groundsheets, building games, small soldiers, Cow-Boys and Indians, society games, ring toss games, table football, pinball machines …
There is a « punch and judy » puppet and there are three-finger puppets available to children willing to learn how to play with them. The children will then have the opportunity to act little plays.
A big screen invites you to watch the « Tour de France » story with its publicity caravan.
Another screen gives information about the worlds of spinning tops, clowns and much more.
Montauban Toy Museum invites you to come, children and adults, and discover or remind you of toys you enjoyed when you were a child.
You will be surrounded by thousands of traditional games and toys.