Basel’s Miniature Museum (Spielzeug Welten Museum)

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For years, I’ve been seeing the ad for the miniature museum in Basel, Switzerland in the Miniature Collector. On my trip to Europe, I was able to stay in Basel for a couple of days (ok, so I planned that!!). Of course I went right to this wonderful museum! It’s amazing! From antiques to a wonderful, wonderful “street of shops” display (on the “special exhibits” floor–I almost missed it!), this museum has something for everyone.

This post features pics mostly of the antiques section, which was the first couple of floors. I’ll do a second post highlighting the street of shops, which was just awesome!

Highly recommend the Spielzueg-Welt Museum if you are anywhere near Basel. Note, there are two Spielzeug museums in Basel. This one is Spielzeug Welten at #1 Steinenvorstadt (the street name), which is on the corner of a lovely shopping and eating district (so there are plenty of places to have lunch). Trams number 8, 11, and 6 stop in Barrfusserplatz, which is about a one-minute walk from the museum. The trams are incredibly easy to ride and navigate.

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Loved these antique toy fire engines.

 

 

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The faces on these dolls are so real.

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A dolls’ tea service depicting the story of Cinderella, 1889.

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The building that houses the museum is lovely itself. This is the main staircase. (There’s an elevator, don’t worry).

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They have a massive collection of antique dollhouses. Here are a few highlights.

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Other unusual scale structures fill the building as well.

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This diorama is a stage of an opera–the figures can be moved around.

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This carriage is beautifully done.

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I loved the doll and her sedan chair.

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Monks enjoying their brewery.

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This room and the one below are cardboard foldaway room boxes.

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My husband posted this on his Facebook page with the caption “What bears really do in the woods.”.

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Loved the detail in this machine shop.

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The full shop.

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Another wood shop.

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There is an entire display cabinet of these beautiful and unusual 1″ scale artisan miniatures.

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Note that the chair can be pushed into the desk and everything shut with the key.

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The top of a mouse hole (field mice, obviously).

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The interior of the mouse hole.

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The whole (hole) thing.

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Very large Swiss dollhouse. I told my husband, “See, there are dollhouses out there bigger than mine!” Note the inlay in the floors.

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The beginning of the “street of shops” with incredible character dolls. The detail and the lifelike dolls make the scene.

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More to come in another post.

Dollhouses in Amsterdam

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On vacation in Amsterdam I discovered that the Rijksmuseum has dollhouses!! A whole room full of them. It’s in the 1600s-1700s galleries, which I think are on the second floor. These are to scale (looks like about 1.5″ to the foot), made by cabinetmakers. Apparently, collecting for dollhouses was a hobby in the 17th century. These ladies would feel right at home with our dollhouse groups now I think.

 
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