Toys – Ancient History in the Jura Mountains
From the Middle Ages onwards, wood turning was developed to produce rosary beads and other religious objects. Through the years, wooden toys were manufactured, at first for the children of the country wood turners, and later for commercial export. After World War II, toys were made out of plastic in a number of Jura factories, including Smoby. Handcrafted production is still alive today, making ever more innovative wooden toys.
A Museum for Play
The totally renovated museum has reopened after a two-year closure. It was an opportunity to rework the collection and bring it up to date. As a result, the museum is now structured in 6 sequences: “From all time and Everywhere”, “Inside”, “Outside”, “From Concept to Toy”, “Making from imagination” and “Virtual Worlds”. Through this fun and friendly visit using a multimedia audio guide, interactive games and visits interspersed with soundscapes, families can discover this local craft together.
After your visit to the museum, stop off on the shores of the Lac de Vouglans, and visit Saint-Claude or Orgelet. The Ideklic festival, a children’s entertainment festival in the heart of Moirans en Montagne, takes place in July.