Fire at the Toy Museum

By Maz Woolley

Ragnar Falk sends us news of an exhibition in Sweden which may be of interest to readers.


Fire at the Toy Museum! This summer’s guest exhibition at “Museihuset” – a rather special museum in Linköping, Sweden – will display model fire trucks from the Chicago Fire Department. Visitors will also get to know if it really was Mrs. O’Leary’s cow that was the reason that the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, that devastated large parts of the city, was indeed started by a… cow.


Ragnar Falck will display some thirty fire-fighting vehicles and twenty other model cars in different dioramas. The models represent several die cast car manufacturers, including the world-renowned Corgi that produced several series of trucks from CFD in scales from 1:43 to 1:64. The US based company, Code 3 Collectibles, also manufactured a series of fire trucks in 1:64 scale. This company, which now has ceased production, specialized in detailed American fire trucks from fire departments across the United States.  This guest exhibition at Museihuset ends on 25 September.


The museum offers a range of cars and trains, children’s contemporary toys and classic boats. The 4,500 toy cars on display are part of a collection of more than 10,000. This collection is a result of the passionate work of one dedicated collector spanning more than 60 years and is considered unique of its kind. The collection also includes model trains in the 0 scale.


The classic boat exhibition contains some of the most notable boats from days gone by. It is a composition of mainly wooden boats from canoes up to exclusive luxurious yachts formerly owned by millionaires.


The museum is open from 1 May until 25 September.

Additional information: Hans Værnéus, Museihuset Phone +46 70 424 78 01

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