This museum, intended as well for children as for adults, is the second of the kind in Russia after the one in Sergei Possad. Founded in 1997, it is non-governmental.
Its special feature is that it shows toys not only as such but as a vehicle for art and a mirror of culture. So as to show that very different kinds of toy are displayed: art craft toys from Russia and aboard from the 16th century to the 20th, soviet toy as well as industrial ones. The museum contains over thirteen thousand items.