About us

 

WELCOME TO THE MUSEUM FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

 

The Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenkä is a toy and game museum located in the WeeGee Exhibition Centre in Espoo. The permanent exhibition introduces visitors to the history of toys and games in Finland from the days of Russian rule in the late 19th century until the age of information in which we live now.  The museum also organizes annual special exhibitions, collects toys and adds to its collections for the joy and learning of future generations. The journey from Helsinki city centre to the museum takes less than half an hour by bus.

The Toy Museum Hevosenkenkä is a museum for all the family where playing is definitely allowed! There are numerous play areas such as the ever-popular slide. We can arrange tours in various languages both for children and adults. Workshops are open to visitors and allow participants of all ages to put their imagination and creativity to use.

 

The history of the Toy Museum

 

The idea for a toy and play museum first emerged in 1984, when the children’s charity Children’s Day Foundation launched a toy collection to form the basis for the new toy museum. The Foundation wanted to promote children’s culture by setting up the Linnanmäki amusement park as a place for the whole family to enjoy, bringing different generations together. The Linnanmäki Toy and Play Museum was opened in April 1996.

In 2006, the toy museum moved into the WeeGee Exhibition Centre in Tapiola, Espoo, where the museum was run by the Children’s Day Foundation. In 2010, the association of friends of the Hevosenkenkä children’s theatre took the museum under its wings. Theatre Hevosenkenkä is located in Mankkaa, about four kilometres from the WeeGee Exhibition Centre. The museum and theatre now form a unique partnership both in Finland and on a worldwide scale.

 

Strategic guidelines

 

The operational concept of Hevosenkenkä is to provide pervasive experiences for children and adults, cause insights and experiences, encourage creativity and cultivate children’s culture.

The vision of Hevosenkenkä is to be known for producing culture of quality and diversity for all children and families. Hevosenkenkä has strong bonds with Espoo, but operates also widely in Finland and internationally.

The values that direct all activity at Hevosenkenkä are child orientation, tolerance, high quality, creative bravery, warmth and cordiality combined with joy and humor.

 

Hevosenkenkä is a home of fairytales and a laboratory of play