Japón – Ciudad De México
Roberto Shimizu Kinoshita (Padre)
Roberto Shimizu (Hijo)
The collection of this museum has been compiled by the architect ROBERTO and his family around the country and the world, as well as receiving contributions from private collectors; It began during the childhood of the architect in the fifties, and has developed to this day in the Colony Doctors, where he has spent his whole life. Currently, the museum has more than 45,000 pieces of exhibition, as well as objects of everyday life in Mexico from the 30s to the 90s of the last century. The museum is divided into six exhibition halls, among which are themes such as Wrestling, old and traditional toys, collectible toys from the industrial era, such as "sololoy" dolls, barbies, trolleys, robots, among others.
Collectors have the power to keep part of the history of the people so that it can be taken over by the new generations. They are innate anthropologists because they bring implicit in their manias the need to reconstruct daily life from different spheres and that is through objects we approach the archeology of the senses.
It is not about the storage of objects, but about the reflection around each of the pieces, because each of them has its own history, capable of returning in time to the unnoticed passer-by who dares to enter, as is the case , to the Museum of the Ancient Toy of Mexico; an enclosure in which, by personal initiative of a Japanese ascendant named Roberto Shimizu, rest the most varied toys, including those that are the work of renowned Mexican toy makers who have spent their lives working to delight the soul of those who want to see the real world represented in small objects.
Then, to enter the Museum of the Ancient Toy of Mexico is to enter through all the nooks and crannies of Mexican history represented in the toys that Don Roberto has kept for each one of us. It is an inevitable point for the reunion with time, a place to want to stay.