Guided Tours

Guided Tours

 

Welcome to a guided tour in the Finnish Toy Museum!

We have guided tours of various themes for different age groups. Toys are not only for young children but they connect different generations: everyone has memories of them! Toys tell about a lot of things: for example about history of childhood, the economical situation of families at different times, new technical inventions and new materials, about the history of fashion and the development of industry, about war, peace, dreams, hopes and fears. Visiting the Finnish Toy Museum can be a great way to start studying history or to return back to one’s childhood memories. For the smallest ones in the family a visit to the Toy Museum can be an easy way to approach the world of museums.

Guided tours can also be arranged outside the opening hours from 9 to 11 a.m. from Tuesday to Friday. You can have a tour in the permanent exhibition or in the special exhibition. The content of the tour can be planned according to group’s wishes. We offer tours in Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian (bookings in English).

Bookings
Mon-Sat 10 – 17
tel. 050-5900137 or lelumuseo[a]hevosenkenka.fi

 

 

 

Guided Tours for Preschool Children

 

Toy Stories Tour

We take a look at some of the oldest toys in our permanent exhibition and get to hear their stories. Can you imagine what the 90-year-old Anna-Liisa doll or the 100-year-old train station bear have to say? Or what the kids played in the playhouse 80 years ago?

The tour takes about 20 minutes and is especially suited for the smallest daycare kids.

Animal Stories Tour

On the Animal story tour the kids get to pick animal cards from the pocket of our ”story grandma” and seek out toys representing the animals. The guide then tells a story concerning the animal. The tour finishes in the making of the kids’ very own short animal story.

The tour takes 20-30 minutes and is suited for daycare kids, preschoolers and primary schoolers.

Playtime

During Playtime we learn some older and newer children’s games and play them together. You will get acquainted with games such as London Bridge, Fruit Salad and Water in the Shoe. Playtime can be combined with another tour at the Toy Museum. Playtime is suited for preschoolers and primary schoolers (ala-aste).

Minimum group size of 10 kids. Length: 20-30 minutes

A Flying Start into Vehicle Play -tour  (until 7.3.2021)

Follow the lead of the traffic controller and journey into the wonderful world of traffic! On the tour we jump aboard the special exhibition Vehicle Play, and consider travel and vehicles on land, air and sea, as well as traffic safety from the child’s perspective. The children will get to tell of their own experiences and identify different traffic related objects that they will find on the journey.

Recommended age: 3-7 years.
Duration: ca 35 minutes.

 

 

 

Guided Tours for Primary School Children

 
Vehicle Play Express -tour (until 7.3.2021)

The traffic controller and the clue objects lead the school class to explore traffic on land, air and sea. On the tour we travel in the special exhibition Vehicle Play and discuss children’s traffic toys and play, traffic education and children’s travels at different times.

Age recommendation: primary schoolers.
Length: c. 45 minutes.

Learn Through Play
KULPS!”As much as you want” for classes 1 & 2

What were toys like in the times of great grandfather or -mother? How do they differ from modern toys? How do toys end up in the museum? All this is as easy as child’s play to learn through the tour package, which includes a tour, organized play and extra assignments that can be worked on at school. There are touchable toys on the tour, and it can be adapted to the group’s wishes and needs. Length 45 min.
The tour Learn through play is not offered as part of a birthday package.

Assignments:

Draw your favourite toy!
Ask an elder!
Games:
Train game
Hopscotch

 

Museum Path
KULPS!”As much as you want” for classes 1-6

The Museum path tour is full of playful puzzlement for primary schoolers. Tricky riddles guide the children into the museum’s toy collection with their answers, and at the same time we learn about childhood, toys and play in past times.

The tour takes about 45 minutes.

Toys and Play in the Past and Present 
KULPS!”As much as you want” for classes 1-6

Have you ever thought about what kind of games your mother and father played as kids? Or about what kinds of toys granny and grandpa had, or granny’s granny and grandpa’s grandpa? On this tour you will get to acquaint yourself with toys from different decades.

Duration: about 30 minutes.

Playtime
KULPS!”As much as you want” for classes 1-6

During Playtime we learn some older and newer children’s games and play them together. You will get acquainted with games such as London Bridge, Fruit Salad and Water in the Shoe. Playtime can be combined with another tour at the Toy Museum. Playtime is suited for preschoolers and primary schoolers (ala-aste).

Minimum group size of 10 kids. Length: 20-30 minutes.

 

 

 

Guided Tours for Middle Schoolers and Upper Secondary Schoolers

 

The 1900s through Children´s Eyes 
KULPS! “As much as you want” for classes 7-9

The 1900s through children’s eyes tour intent is to make the history in schoolbooks tangible: in what ways have ordinary people and especially children experienced the events and periods described in the books? On the visit the students get to investigate the museum’s permanent exhibition and contemplate together upon how historical events have influenced children’s lives in the different decades of the 1900s. In what ways can toys reflect their times?

The 1900s through Children´s Eyes
KULPS! “As much as you want” for classes 7-9

The tour package The 1900s through children’s eyes includes a short pre-assignment, a visit to the Toy museum and a post-assignment. The intent is to make the history in schoolbooks tangible: in what ways have ordinary people and especially children experienced the events and periods described in the books? The pre-assignment stirs the students to remember their own childhoods and to think about what Finland was like back then. On the visit the students get to investigate the museum’s permanent exhibition in small groups and afterwards contemplate together upon how historical events have influenced children’s lives in the different decades of the 1900s. In what ways can toys reflect their times? The students get to use their creative talents in a writing assignment performed in groups. In the end the assignments are discussed together. Via the post-assignment, done in school or at home, the students get to reflect upon the visit afterwards.

Preliminary assignment
Post visit assignment

History of Toys and Play
KULPS! “As much as you want” for classes 7-9

This tour delves into the Toy Museum permanent exhibition I spy… a whole load of toys. During the tour we explore and remember together how toys, games and children’s lives have changed from the 1800s to the modern day.

Duration: ca 45-60 minutes.

Express Train to Vehicle Play -tour (until 7.3.2021)

The express train is filled with the rush of speed and the joy of travelling! We roam i nthe special exhibition Vehicle Play and acquaint ourselves with children’s traffic toys and play, traffic education and children’s travels at different times.

Age recommendation: from 13 years.

Length: c. 45 minutes.

 

Guided Tours for Adults

 

History of Toys and Play

This tour delves into the Toy Museum permanent exhibition I spy… a whole load of toys. During the tour we explore and remember together how toys, games and children’s lives have changed from the 1800s to the modern day.

Duration: ca 45-60 minutes.

Express Train to Vehicle Play -tour (until 7.3.2021)

The express train is filled with the rush of speed and the joy of travelling! We roam i nthe special exhibition Vehicle Play and acquaint ourselves with children’s traffic toys and play, traffic education and children’s travels at different times.

Age recommendation: from 13 years.

Length: c. 45 minutes.

Our guided tours are free for kindergarten- and school groups and other children’s activity groups and their teachers. Tours for adults cost 50 € on weekdays and Saturdays. Tours can also be booked in the forenoon Tuesday to Friday beginning from 9 o’clock.
The content of the tour can be planned according to group’s wishes. We offer tours in Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian (bookings in Finnish, Swedish and English).

Max 20 persons per group. For larger groups we offer combined tours with other museums at WeeGee, please inquire for details!
Remember to book at least a week in advance! We also kindly ask you to notify us if you are bringing a group to the museum without a tour.

Bookings
Mon-Sat 10 – 17
tel. 050-5900137 or lelumuseo[a]hevosenkenka.fi