Pegasus Small World Toy Museum – Aeugst am Albis, Switzerland - Atlas Obscura

Pegasus Small World Toy Museum

Aeugst am Albis, Switzerland

Museum featuring strange and enchanting toys of the past. 


Billed as an “enchanted world of miniatures,” the Pegasus Small World Toy Museum features a vast collection of toys dating all the way back from 1890. Established in 1962 with a tin toy collection 4,000 items strong, the museum has one of the most rare collections in Switzerland.

Teddy bear lovers take note: 700 Steiff teddy bears are on prominent display among the dozens of glass cases. At the press of a button guests can also see extensive model train set-ups in action and a somewhat bizarre silver mining operation with stuffed animals.

A family-run museum, Pegasus Small World is chock full of strange toys with an off-kilter charm that only a Swiss museum could have. A tiny wooden replica of Noah’s Ark animals? A six-foot-tall Russian nesting doll? Check and check.

The museum features special exhibitions twice a year. There is also a museum shop that has many hard-to-find toy parts, antiques, and model cars, as well as a specialist for any toy repairs or refurbishments.

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