Porvoo Doll and Toy museum

If you are looking for an amazing place near Helsinki for a day trip then Porvoo is absolutely the right place to visit. The quaint little town of Porvoo has both history and nature living side by side along with marvelous wooden architecture. Those pretty houses with the prettiest of flowers, in fact, give Porvoo a very distinct character.

The river by the same name quietly flows through its old town and the pretty red cottages over the river (as you might have seen them in photos) have really come to become the very symbol of Porvoo. I have already done a post on this beautiful town located on the Southern coasts of Finland in a post from last year. At that time, I was unable to visit this special museum as it was closed for the winters ( Read all about it here).

So this time, I made sure that the first thing I entered after reaching Porvoo was this cute little museum.

The visit was even more special as I did this trip with one of my best buds who was visiting me from India and it is always such joy to explore new things with people who are equally passionate about the same kind of stuff.

Besides, what can be a better way to reconnect with your friends than taking a trip together!

Now coming back to the point, don’t go expecting a huge museum as it is just a wooden cottage with pretty windows in mid town Porvoo. All the treasures inside will definitely take you back to your childhood for sure. If you have a child then this a ‘must-visit’ place as I have come to notice that kids these days don’t appreciate dolls and toys as much as we did.

The dolls and toys at the museum are from as early as the 18th century and each one of them is marked with dates, origin, and other details. From miniature bedroom play sets to race cars to pretty dolls, the museum has it all. Some of the toys and dolls are even donated by families who are kind enough to part with their memories and help others re-live theirs.

The museum also had colored dolls which are a very rare sight as, back in India, we have always grown up seeing white dolls with golden hairs. The only thing I didn’t see in the museum was Barbie dolls or I was too busy admiring the other toys that I completely missed them.

The person at the counter was sweet enough to let us sit in front of his dolls and click pictures. I even did some small talk  about the weather with him in Finnish which to me is no less than a feat. Such is the joy of leisurely life in a small town where everyone has time for everyone! I dare not attempt practicing Finnish at a busy store in Helsinki. We even got to choose our own ticket from those available in different printed images. The pretty ticket in itself is a pretty souvenir to bring back home.

Unfortunately, on the day we visited Porvoo it was raining cats and dogs and I ended up coming back home with no photos other than some of those dolls and toys.

P. S: To be honest, I suck at clicking photos through the glass but can’t help sharing a few of them. Please ignore the bad lighting and the reflections.


Address: Jokikatu 14, 06100 Porvoo, Finland
Phone: +358 40 5015006


Aduit:     3,50€

Child:     2€

Monday 10AM–3PM
Tuesday 10AM–3PM
Wednesday 10AM–3PM
Thursday 10AM–3PM
Friday 10AM–3PM
Saturday 10AM–3PM
Sunday 10AM–3PM

Website: http://www.lelumuseo.com/

Photo Gallery:

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Wanna play house-house?

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Come on, we have tea too!

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That flower pot!

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And all those pretty things…

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I might freak out if I saw her in the middle of the night though!

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The ever famous Poppey

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The fly on the wall

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A sedan in green <3

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English cars

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The biker dude


  • plasticallyperfect January 22, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    What a great little museum, I love the details on the small items – they’re so much nicer than most of the items you can find today.

    • Jutismita Hazarika January 24, 2017 at 11:38 am

      Yes, the museum is a true treasure. Takes you back to your childhood 🙂

  • freebutfun August 23, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    I’ve never been to the museum there, thanks for the tip!

  • Suvi August 22, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    I love your photos from the doll houses. I haven’t been to this museum since I was a kid, thanks for the throwback 🙂

    • Jutismita Hazarika August 23, 2016 at 10:19 am

      Thank you for those kind words. It was, indeed, a journey down the memory lane 🙂

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