The permanent exhibition of the Tartu Toy Museum is on display in three old houses. The exhibition features ‘living pictures’ of dolls and toys with which children here have played throughout the ages: the porcelain dolls, tin soldiers, stone blocks and old teddy bears of city kids, the wood-carved animals and tools of country kids, rag dolls and trick toys, nostalgic paper dolls and board games, rooms full of various dolls and doll houses, cars, trains and airplanes, cuddly toys and rocking horses, scooters and so much more.

A special display to see is the 1950s and 1960s’ composition and celluloid dolls, rubber toys and handmade vehicles, the 1970s and 1980s’ toys made by the Norma, Salvo and Polümeer factories, and the 1990s and 2000s’ animation heroes and dolls that have gained a cult status.

In addition, there are displays of artist-made dolls, the traditional toys and souvenir dolls of various nations of the world, copies of medieval toys and a rare collection of Estonian film dolls and puppets.