The Saint-Petersburg Toy Museum is a member of the Union of Museums of Russia. It was established in 1997 as a non-state cultural establishment, subsided by private companies. It is the second museum of toys in Russia after the oldest artistic-educational museum of that kind in Sergiev Posad near Moscow, which treats pedagogic problems mainly.
The Saint-Petersburg Toy Museum was established as an artistic museum with the main task of collecting, storing, exposing and studying a toy not only as a unique item of material culture, but also as a unique art form, that includes ancient national traditions and the most recent artistic tendencies.
According to art critic's of the museum opinion, author's toy (strictly speaking, playing objects) born in the workshops of artist, working in different techniques: draughtsman, painters, sculptors, designers, architects etc. was formed only in the last 20 - 25 years, being rather original field of present day culture, but not yet the sphere of interests of artistic museums or toy museums. We don't possess data about the existence of any significant collections of that kind in Europe.
However the author's artistic toy fund is not the only direction of activity of the Saint-Petersburg Museum. Besides it the museum has collections of folk toys (both the Russian and foreign) and fabric toys, which are being permanently increased. The possession of these three funds makes it possible to study and exhibit a toy more completely and multilaterally