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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Pomskizillious, Museum of Toys

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Pomskizillious, Museum of Toys

10, Gnien Xibla Street, Xaghra; tel: +356 2156 2489

 

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April10.30- 1.00 (Thurs, Fri, Sat); May 10.30-1.00 (Mon-Sat); June-September: 10.30 - 1.00 and 4-6pm (Mon-Sat); October: 10.30-1.00 (Mon – Sat); November:10.30 -1.00 (Thur,Fri, Sat); December-March: 10.30-1.00 (Sat. only)

Adults: €2.80, senior citizens: €1.80; students and children: €1.50.

 

 

What's that again? Pomskiz....what? Poms..kiz..ill..ious? And what on Earth is Pomskizillious?

For want of a better term, English nonsense author Edward Lear coined this word to describe Gozo and its wonders – and did you know? Gozo is a grophibberous little place too.

Pomskizillious is also the name of this unusual museum tucked away in the village of Xagħra. Here the joys of our childhood days are rekindled. Grown-ups rediscover the child that is within us all. And the whizz-kids of today? They get to learn that before the advent of hi-tech gizmos, the children of yesteryear derived hours of sheer delight from unpretentious, humble playthings hat have not lost any of their charm and have not ceased to amuse, many, many years after they were last held in playful little hands.

It all began in 1965 when Susan Lowe, a lady from Devon started her collection which would eventually morph into the “Barum” Toy Museum. In 1992 Susan visited Gozo, and shared Edward Lear's conviction that the island was quite simply, pomskizillious. So she stayed on. And so did the toys.

The collection has been nurtured lovingly and has grown into the admirable chronicle of playthings-through-the-ages that it is today.

Edward Lear slouches on his chair and greets you from behind his desk as you step inside. Please do excuse the clutter on his desk.

This is the smallest doll in the world!” bragged the lady, as she held a quasi-microscopic object on the palm of her hand. I squinted and looked closely, and surely enough the tiniest doll you ever did see smiled at me. The other dolls in this collection are an international bunch. There are dolls from the Laplands, in traditional costumes and reindeer skin boots; a kimono-clad turn-of-the-(twentieth) century Japanese lass eyes visitors suspiciously as they pass by and disturb her peace. A German percussionist amuses his audience by skilfully clashing a pair of cymbals and a French acrobat seeks to thrill as he performs somersaults on a bar whilst an elderly Maltese couple nod their head in agreement. Also from Malta is an eighteenth century doll donning traditional garb.

Doll real estate is not lacking either: watch out for a fully equipped “Modern English Home” - modern by 1930's standards, that is - which includes a vacuum cleaner and (chuckle, chuckle!) toilet paper.

Should you wish to travel across Toy town, well you have a number of options here. A ride on the Hornby train would certainly be a thrill. Or perhaps a leisurely drive in one of those Dinky cars could be fun! Take your pick...

The vivescope must have provided the children of a hundred years ago with countless hours of glee as they manually rotated the carousel and the biker on the paper cylinder came to life.

 Oh, the joys of childhood! Those were the days!


 
 
 

Pomskizillious

A delightful collection of toys through the ages! Toy trains, dolls and doll's houses and more!

A treat to the child that is within us all!