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Antalya opens new toy museum with thousands of exhibits

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News | 4/25/2011 12:00:00 AM |

A new toy museum has opened in the southern province of Antalya, displaying 3,000 toys from the 1860s to the present.

A new toy museum has opened in the southern province of Antalya, displaying 3,000 toys from the 1860s to the present.

“There are some 150 toy museums in the world. This museum is opening in the city of Santa Claus and is one of the most successful ones in the world,” Sunay Akın, a writer and the owner of the Istanbul Toy Museum, said at the opening, which coincided with April 23 Children’s Day.

Akın is a consultant for the new museum, which opened in the city’s historical Kaleiçi district and is being supported by the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality.

Antalya Mayor Mustafa Akaydın, who also attended the ceremony, said he had been greatly impressed by the Istanbul Toy Museum and had dreamed of opening a similar museum in Antalya.

“This museum was the best gift to children on such a day. The toys in the museum are antique ones. They are very important for children to improve their [sense of mystery]. The museum is also important for adults who did not have chance to play with such toys in their childhood. This will be a good beginning and treasure for them,” the mayor said.

The Antalya Toy Museum presents toys that have been collected from Turkey and around the world; some of the toys on display are hundreds of years old.

Guests of the museum are welcomed by the cartoon character Red Kit, his dog, Rin Tin Tin, and their enemy, the Dalton Brothers. They also see toys recalling the Stone Age, the Space Age and other epochs. The museum also presents automobile and animal figures whose production began in the 1950s, as well as wooden toys made by Anatolian children.

Other objects in the museum include small figurines of well-known film people such as Elvis Presley and Cher, as well as the heroes of films like “Casablanca,” “Gone with the Wind” and “King Kong.”

In addition to Akaydın, designer Ayhan Doğan, journalist-painter Fikret Otyam and a number of other guests also attended the opening ceremony.

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