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Excerpt from the teddy bear collection

Bear with ball, ca. 1912, 22 cm

Mechanical bear, Bing, Germany

1920s, 65 cm

Bing, Germany

ca. 1920, 45 cm

Hecla, USA

1930s, 38 cm

EDUCA (Eduard Crämer), Germany

1930s, 60 cm

Musical bear, Jopi (Josef Pitrmann), Germany

1920s, 40 cm

Musical bear, Jopi (Josef Pitrmann), Germany

1920s, 34 cm

Yes-No mechanism, sample number

Schuco, Germany

"Fahrradlampe" 1930s, 12 cm (teddy)

Schuco, Germany

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The history of the teddy bear

With more than 2,500 venerable teddy bears, our collection is the most extensive in the world. In addition, nowhere else can you see as many old bears from Margarete Steiff’s workshop as you can here. A significant part of the collection is devoted to the arguably most famous teddy bear manufacturer in the world and her bears with the legendary button in ear.

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Anecdote

According to an anecdote the name teddy bear came up in 1902 and refers to the president of the United States of America, Theodore Roosevelt. The tale has it that a guide of the president had tracked down a young bear after an unsuccessful hunting tour and tied the bear to a tree to make him an easy target. Roosevelt, however, found this unsportsmanlike and spared the animal. Hence Teddy’s bear – as the newspaper called this anecdote – became teddy bear.

A new sensation

The PGB 35, 1904 vintage
Teddy bear, light brown, 35 cm tall (measured in the sitting position), embroidered nose and 5 claws.

A rarity with a fascinating design and construction, which also represents an important milestone in the history of the teddy bear.
The PGB 35 (P stands for plush, G for Gestänge (metal skeleton) and B for beweglich (moveable)) is a 50 cm tall bear that will probably rewrite the history books. This bear is particularly important on account of the fact that it may well represent the previously unknown missing link between teddy bears made with a metal skeleton and those with moveable disc joints.

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Margarete Steiff

A strong-willed woman. 

Her journey from the little elephant to a worldwide group of companies. 

Margarete Steiff (1847–1909), who contracted polio as a small child and suffered severe life-long disablement, overcame many obstacles to find her place in life. When she offered the first home-made stuffed toy animals such as the Elefäntle (little elephant) in her felt-clothing business in 1880, she also laid the foundation stone for a global group of companies which has remained successful to the present day.

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The latest

from the Museum

Current special exhibition

Perfume flacons – vessels for seductive fragrances

Current special exhibition

Perfume flacons – vessels for seductive fragrances

The Storp Collection – from antiquity to the present day

21 October 2017 – 8 April 2018

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The culinary world

Ristorante La Sosta

The culinary world

Ristorante La Sosta

For appetites both great and small. Open daily, with hot dishes available throughout opening hours.

To Ristorante La Sosta

Including the current special exhibition

Public tours

Including the current special exhibition

Public tours

Tours are given on the 1st Saturday of each month at 2 p.m. Duration: About 1 hour.

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Our

Opening hours

Our

Opening hours

Opening hours, including holidays, for the museum, boutique, and Ristorante La Sosta.

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