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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.

Who we are

Who is Adriano Guidi?

Adriano Guidi is a private man of keen insight. He likes strong flavors, especially healthy peasant ones.

He grew up in the second post-war period, learning how to seize objects’ true value.

He showed inborn abilities since the age of 4, picking and proudly showing objects that laypeople would be called instead ‘junk’.

Later in life, he kept following his instinct: a never-ending quest for valuable objects in markets and antique stores, hoarded in his countryside house. Adriano learned everything he knows about toy cars through these objects.

Gradually, his interest shifted more and more to these old toys which, many years later, form the soul of the museum.

Adriano is not a hobbyist, he is a connoisseur, in the truest and deepest meaning of the term.

True Passion

The collection is a reflection of Guidi’s taste, his aesthetic sensibility and his personality. He has spent all his life searching for these items with special attention, persistence and rare passion and gain deep knowledge of the argument.

Above all, he is the first one to play with his toys, he is still and always Huizinga’s Homo ludens, because his collection is his life’s purpose.

Soapbox Cars

Soapbox car were first produced by the end of ‘800 with the same design as the first real motor cars. Firstly, craftsmen made them only with wood pieces. In the ’60, cars were produced on industrial scale with metal components.

Since demand for soapbox cars skyrockets, production shifted to Moplen and plastic for the components for economic and practical reasons. Soapbox cars became a mass product thanks to the fall in price.

Bicycles and Tricycles

Production of children cycle and tricycle started in 1870 to emulate the ones for adults.

They were first manufactured in France. For what it concerns Italy, Giordani, a company based in Bologna, were the pioneers in cycle production, selling since the XIX century.

The materials used at that time were metal for the chassis and wood for the wheels, substituted later with metal and gum tire in 1920, more comfortable for the kids.

Bicycles were highly diffused a decade later thanks to the famous Balilla and Giordani and their square-shaped bar for tires, selling more than 100,000 unities. Then, they started producing models with tubular tires.

Prams and buggy

Prams have noble English origin. From the end of 1700, only for the queen and local great ladies.

From the second half of ‘800 prams spread across the population, declined in many forms and produced using many materials such as wood for the body, iron, osier and ceramic.

Bici e Tricicli

La produzione dei cicli e tricicli per bambini iniziò verso il 1870 a sembianza di quelli per adulti.
I primi modelli furono di origini francesi seguiti a ruota, per quanto riguarda l’ Italia, dalla ditta Giordani di Bologna verso la fine del XIX secolo. I materiali usati all’ epoca erano il ferro per il telaio e il legno per le ruote, legno che venne successivamente sostituito nelle unità assemblate totalmente in metallo.
Per facilitarne l’ utilizzo, negli anni 20, venne introdotto l’utilizzo della gomma e del pneumatico rendendo più confortevole l’ esperienza per il bambino. Il biciclo ebbe una grande diffusione negli anni ’30 con i famosi ciclo Balilla della Giordani con telaio scatolato, prodotto in più di 100000 unità, sostituito successivamente da modelli con il telaio tubolare.

Carrozzine e Passeggini

La storia della carrozzina parte dalla nobiltà inglese, verso la fine del 1700, come esclusivo accessorio delle regine e nobildonne locali. Verso la seconda metà dell ‘800 divenne oggetto di grande diffusione con scocche in legno, ferro, vimini, con chiusure a soffietto e maniglioni in legno o ceramica.

Cavalli a Dondolo

Il cavallo come gioco ha origini lontane nel tempo.
Poteva essere con le ruotine per trascinarlo, a dondolo, con applicazione di un calesse, a pedali o come emblema per un triciclo. Originariamente costruito in legno, il cavallino si evolse in materiali differenti quali tessuto riempito di paglia, resine, metallo o cartapesta. Nel dopoguerra si diffusero i modelli trainanti un calesse, con un meccanismo trazionante a pedali, manovelle o galoppatoio.