Museum of Zirndorf


Spitalstrasse 2 - 90513 Zirndorf
telephone      0911 - 96060590
telefax        0911 - 960605920
Opening hours
Tuesday - Sunday
11 - 16 o'clock


Kreisel Martin Fuchs Zirndorf

The cities of Nuremberg and Fürth are well-known for their production of toys. But tin toys have also been produced in Zirndorf since 1850. Plumbers and belt makers produced so-called "Schlottern" (rattles for babies) in small workshops. Then from 1880 on spinning tops, toy trumpets made of tin, musical boxes, piggy banks, toy stoves and kitchenware were manufactured too.


Zirndorf changed from a rural village to a small industrial town producing a considerable range of tin toys within a few decades. The toy producers exported up to 90% of their products abroad.
Grossansicht in neuem Fenster: Blechspielzeug aus Zirndorf


Grossansicht in neuem Fenster: Heimarbeiterstube im Erdgeschoss

The development of the Zirndorf toy industry is shown using the history of several firms in five rooms. Additionally to exhibits presented in numerous glass cabinets there is a toy-production scene displayed in a workshop as well as a typical homeworker's cottage.


The exhibits on the upper floor of the museum refer to a historic event in Zirndorf during the war from 1618 - 1648 which involved large parts of Europe. There was a battle fought near the "Alte Veste" - a ruined castle in Zirndorf. Commander-in-chief Albrecht von Wallenstein had built up a huge camp around the "Alte Veste" and was attacked by Gustav II Adolf of Sweden.
This chapter of Frankonian war history is illustrated by contemporary reports about life in the camp. There is a detailed description of the course of the battle and of the fate of the soldiers and the civilian population.

Albrecht von Wallenstein und Gustav II Adolf von Schweden


 Der Dachsaal des Museums
In the attic of the half-timbered house there is a room (approx. 100 square meters) which is mainly used for various exhibitions of contemporary artists.

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