The Collection

The collection at the Toy Museum of Catalonia consists mainly of industrial toys and games dating from the end of the 19th century until today.

Among the objects found in the collection are highlights such as Litho tin toys produced in the interwar period by Rais, in Gràcia (a neighbourhood in Barcelona), or Payà, in Alicante; the analogue model railway; porcelain dolls, Catalan cardboard dolls called pepes or others made in the first half of the 20th century, such as the Italian Lenci dolls; the magnificent toy theatres printed by Palouzié and Seix Barral in Barcelona at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century; German-produced mechanical toys; the cardboard toys made by Antoni Penas from Barcelona and the broad collection of toys related to the cinema and its predecessors: zoetropes produced by Agàpit Borràs in Mataró, magic lanterns, or the NIC and Pathé Baby cinema projectors, among others.

You will also find Guy Selz’s prized popular art collections - known and loved by André Breton – side by side those of Alan Gass and Isidre Bravo. The collection is complemented with the work of several different artists: Joan Brossa, Antoni Tàpies, Antoni Miralda, Francesc Abad, Frederic Amat, Joan Rabascall, Josep Guinovart, Albert Ràfols Casamada, Terry Berkowitz, Aube Breton, Guglielmo Achille Cavellini, Josep Maria Riera i Aragó, Pascal Comelade, Kim Domene, Gabriel, Guillem Cifré, Cesc, Jean-Claude Biraben, Megan Merlatt, Pere Noguera, Enric Pladevall, Fer, Roser Capdevila, Claes Oldenburg, Xavier Mariscal, Modest Cuixart, Mompó, Bon, Josep Obiols, Agàpit Borràs, Lluís Vilà, César, Claude Massé, Mercè Riba, Adrià Ciurana, etc.

Some of the toys in the collection have been donated to the Museum by renowned personalities. Such is the case of the teddy bear that once belonged to Anna Maria and Salvador Dalí and which captivated Federico García Lorca, Joan Miró’s whistle figurine, Joan Brossa’s cardboard pull-along goose or Josep Maria Palau i Fabre’s toys.