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Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel

Fascinating World of Teddy Bears and Dolls

Today: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Permanent exhibition

The respect shown to every exhibit on display is evident both within the Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel (Toy Worlds Museum Basle) and in its show windows in the prominent pedestrian precinct in the centre of Basel. Adequate space has been given to the displays throughout the four floors totalling more than 1,000 square metres. Like the precious exhibits, this venerable building which dates from 1867, has been completely restored to the highest technical and architectural standards. Access by wheelchair is assured on all four floors, including the Ristorante La Sosta on the ground floor and the exhibition rooms on the top floor. The highest standards for an up-to-date museum have been integrated. The same high standards applied to the architecture were also incorporated into the exhibition’s concept. The exhibits can be seen in spacious, specially-finished wood and glass showcases. The items on display are presented in an imaginative and playful way and grouped by theme.

There isn’t a wall of signs obstructing your viewing experience. And in the absence of a misplaced penchant for systematic organization, the objects are not simply arranged based on time period, subject and origin. Those who are well-versed on the subject at hand and want to learn more can find the desired information quickly and easily on their own smartphones or tablets using the interactive museum guide, the interactive touchscreens on the info consoles, or the catalogue.

The toys are displayed as if they are interacting with each other. Large dolls play in shops. Teddy bears on pedal cars engage in a dogged race. And an entire amusement park can be set in motion at the push of a button. Sophisticated computer controls breathe life into the goings-on. High-tech antiques complete the whole perfectly.

With more than 6,000 items, the Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel (Toy Worlds Museum Basle) is the largest of its kind in Europe. On the lower floors of the Museum, the main focus centres on doll’s houses and shops. Many have rendered service in real playrooms. Others were purely conceived to be looked at. There were no limits to the pursuit of perfection and the desire to create an object true to scale. Careful workmanship, individuality, imagination, beauty and an overall love for detail are shown in all the items, whether they are noble toys or exclusive pieces of art.

The Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel (Toy Worlds Museum Basle) feels committed to carrying on the tradition of high-quality craftsmanship. Though most of the exhibits date from the decades before and after the beginning of the 20th century, there are also contemporary miniatures and other objects on the third floor. The aim of any new contracts awarded by the Museum are mainly for unconventional items.

Furthermore, the Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel (Toy Worlds Museum Basle) broadens its collection topics several times a year. Special exhibitions on a wide variety of topics beckon visitors on a foray into new cultural realms, shining a spotlight on the unknown and unnoticed.

The display windows facing the street are redecorated at regular intervals. As the seasons go by, so the themes vary and invite the busy passer-by to come and linger for a while.

Teddy bears and dolls inhabit the whole house. The most renowned doll manufacturers during the peak period between about 1870 and 1920, when the manufacture of dolls was flourishing, are all represented in the Museum. A place of honour on the fourth floor is given to those teddies who had their heyday in children’s playrooms shortly after the turn of the 20th century. This boom in bears derives from the hunting episode in 1902 of the late American President Theodore Roosevelt. Just two years later, in 1904, our oldest teddy bear first saw the light of day. This teddy bear is together with another especially attractive bear, which was presented as a gift to a friend by the above-mentioned President, as weIl as over two thousand other teddies dating mostly from before 1950. A remarkable number of them were made by Steiff and have the legendary button in the ear. This famous manufacturer is represented in our collection by a variety of different models ranging over several decades. Even someone wanting to take a look at other strong traditional American or European brands will get their money’s worth at the Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel (Toy Worlds Museum Basle). The Basel collection shows a variety and quality which is unique in the world.


Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel

OpenClosed | 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Steinenvorstadt 1,  4051  Basel

Opening Hours

Mo Closed  |  Tu 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  We 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Th 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Fr 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Sa 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM  |  Su 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Museum, Ristorante and Boutique:
Tue. to Sun. from 10 to 18, in December, daily from 10 to 18


Toy Worlds Museum Basel

With over 1,000 m2 on four levels, the museum is one of a kind in Europe. lt is located at the heart of downtown Basel and houses the largest collection of antique teddy bears in the world, together with historic dolls, toy grocery stores, dollhouses, carousels, and contemporary miniatures. Visitors from around the world come to marvel at the museum. Special exhibitions on select, fascinating topics are always being featured at the museum. Your own smartphone or tablet can be used as an interactive museum guide. ln-house Wi-Fi makes this service free of charge.


Standard entry CHF 7.00
Children and youth up to 16 years of age are free
Children up to 12 years of age only when accompanied by an adult

Discounted entry CHF 5.00
Persons with disabilities (persons accompanying persons with disabilities who can’t visit the museum on their own qualify for free entry)

The entire building, including the boutique and Ristorante La Sosta, is accessible by wheelchair.

Museums-PASS-Musées Free admission

Swiss Museum Pass Free admission


Barfüsserplatz is just a short stroll of about fifteen minutes from the SBB train station.

Another convenient alternative is the tram – take SBB Tram No. 8 from the train station to Barfüsserplatz or tram No. 11 to the Theater or Barfüsserplatz stop. From Badischer Bahnhof train station, take tram No. 6 to the Barfüsserplatz or Theater stop.

For visitors arriving by car, the carparks near the SBB train station (Centralbahnparking), Elisabethen, Steinen, or Parkhaus Badischer Bahnhof, are highly recommended.


The Museum, Restaurant and Shop are wheelchair-accessible. Access to the restaurant from the entrance area is via a 440 cm long, 110 cm wide ascending ramp (9.41% / 6.24°). A portable ramp can be set up from the entrance area to the shop.

All museum floors are accessible via a lift (door width 79.8 cm, depth 115 cm) with no thresholds or obstructions. The disabled toilet on the 1st floor is wheelchair-accessible: door width 79 cm, sitting height 41 cm, hinged handles and hand-rails are provided. The washbasin is designed for wheelchair users and the mirror positioned lower accordingly.

Floor surfaces:
All museum rooms have parquet floors.
The restaurant and shop have stone floors.

The restaurant presents no problems for wheelchair users and is accessible via a 440 cm long, 110 cm wide ascending ramp (9.41% / 6.24°).

A special mobile, collapsible ramp with side rail (200 cm long, 82 cm wide) is available.

How to get here:
The use of public transport is recommended: From the SBB station, tram No. 8 to the “Barfüsserplatz” stop or tram No. 11 to the “Theater” or “Barfüsserplatz” stop. From the Badischer Bahnhof station, tram No. 6 to the “Barfüsserplatz” or “Theater” stop.

You may also come by car or use the Basle Municipal Disabled Persons Transport Service (Tel. 061 666 66 66, advance notification required!). Stopping briefly in front of the museum to allow passengers to get into or out of the car is permitted. Disabled parking spaces are available in the nearby “Steinen” and “Elisabethen” multistorey car parks.

Special points:
Two wheelchairs are available in the museum for wheelchair users and persons with walking difficulties.

The interactive information systems on the various floors can be pulled down to sitting height.

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