The third largest toy museum in the world, and the first-of-its-kind in Turkey, will be inaugurated in the country’s northern Samsun province this month.
The museum features an array of toys, most of them produced in the 1900s-1920s. A pre-inauguration ceremony aiming to promote the museum was held on Tuesday.
The museum extends over a surface of 600 square meters and holds a toy collection worth some two million Turkish liras ($540,000).
Osman Genç, the mayor of Samsun's Canik district, said that the museum has educational goals as well, because toys are the most vital tool for child education.
He said that the museum aims at spotlighting vintage specimens crafted by German, French, American, Japanese, Polish, Chinese and Turkish toymakers.
The museum features an array of nearly 800 toys, including the first car toy made by Ford in 1920, miniature villages made of cardboards and airplanes and trains produced in Germany in the 1920s.