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Rocking Horses

Rocking horses have ancestral origins. Other than the typical rocking horse with rockers, they could have also been provided with wheels to be dragged or driven like a tricycle.

They were originally made of wood, the horse evolves including different materials like fabrics, straw, resin, metal and papier-mache.

After the wars, new models adding, pedal, crank or galloper system to the buggy.

Carriages

First carriages dated back up to Baroque period, very few copies were produced and even fewer are still intact today.

In XVIII century, they become more and more common within upper-class families and, in XIX century, also affordable to middle-class families. Carriages for children were usually dragged by dogs, goats or ponies around parks and mansions’ garden.

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In the heart of Motorvalley

Zoom out to see the museum nearby

  • Giocars – Museum Ducati 11,3 Km

  • Giocars – Museum Lamborghini 16,5 Km

  • Giocars – Museum Maserati 49,3 Km

  • Giocars – Museum Ferrari 50 Km

Address

Via Calanchi, 13

40010 Sala Bolognese (BO)

Italy

Contacts

Tel. +39 3914345945 Info and Booking

Tel. +39 3334299430 Adriano Guidi, owner Giocars

Email:

  • staff@giocars.it

  • comunicazione@giocars.it


Opening hours

Thursday and Friday

  • from 14 to 18

Saturday and Sunday

  • from 08:00 to 12:00

  • from 12 to 18

GROUP must be booked in advance by phone

Tickets

  • Adults € 8,00

  • Residents € 5,00

  • Over 70 € 5,00

  • Under 12 € 5,00

  • Kids resident € 3,00

  • Tour € 10,00

  • Adults Group € 5,00

  • Kids Group € 3,00

  • Card Musei discount € 5,00


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Payment Method

The ticket is purchased directly at the entrance by cash or credit card.

School and University

School groups must book in advance.

Photos e Videos

Take pictures and videos is allowed for personal use.

Architectural obstacles

The museum is free from architectural obstacles.

Warnings

  • Touching or playing with the toys is not allowed.

  • Foods and drinks are not allowed inside the museum.

  • Animals are not allowed.

  • We invite the visitors to behave in respectfully manner.

  • Parents must watch after their children.

  • Phone is allowed as long as its use don’t disturb other visitors.

Rocking horses gallery

Museum

Giocars, museo del giocattolo

In the preface of Johan Huizinga’s book Homo Ludens”, the dutch historian supported the original thesis that “civilization arises and unfolds in and as playing”.

“It is not my object to define the place of play among all the other manifestations of culture, but rather to ascertain how far culture itself bears the character of play”

— Johan Huizinga

It is appropriate to use the term Homo Ludens along with Homo Sapiens and Homo Faber.

This short introduction gives the visitor guidelines to understand Adriano Guidi and his astonishing collection.

Collections

Adriano’s collection entertains the guests by showing how men and kids had driven toy cars during a vast time gap and how the vehicles were designed to extend legs and feet, evoking in them the image of people playing while moving, moving while playing.

Movement is the collection’s theme. The common denominator for thousands of wonderful objects dwelling here in the museum. This very fundamental need of movement for humanity can be sensed from children’s toys, declined in many forms.

From litter to tricycles, carousels, carriages and prams… and all the cars, a series of magnificent full-scale models well-preserved and functioning. Feel the simplicity and the complexity and appreciate the shining colours.

The museum keeps the rich world of crafters, their techniques, knowledge and wisdom and the world of whom enjoyed and drove those objects.

Come and see a dreamy world in motion.

Didactics

la didattica attraverso il gioco

Didactic activities allow the public to experiment with the physical location as a space to live, other than visiting.

The museum offers a list of services for an educational purposes: guided tours for single visitor, family groups or school classes, as well as laboratories dedicated to children and teenagers.

Staff members are available on request for a guided tour to deepen the evolution and the history of the toys. Giocars will be involved in organising special initiatives and workshops. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about them.