The Benaki Toy Museum opened to public in 2017. Its holdings are based on Maria Argyriadi's collection, which is considered to be among the top 10 in Europe. She has been studying, collecting and preserving toys and dolls, since the 1970s. Her collection now numbers more than 20,000 toys and objects linked to childhood, like toys, books, ephemera, clothing and other items associated with childhood from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
A theatrical doll, created by set-designer Dionysis Fotopoulos and a wooden horse, which Greece's politician Eleftherios Venizelos gave to his grandson are two of the items that greet visitors as they enter the new Benaki Toy Museum.
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