The Tomi Ungerer Collection is the result of several donations since 1975 made by draftsman and illustrator Tomi Ungerer, native of Strasbourg. It includes eight thousand original drawings and engravings and a large documentary collection detailing the artist and the theme of illustration in general, as well as six thousand toys from the artist's private collection.
Every aspect of the artist's production (children's illustrations, satirical drawings, advertising posters, etc.) and various stylistic periods (his childhood drawings, his New York period, recent productions) is represented in this exceptional endowment of scientific and artistic worth.
It is supplemented by an up-to-date documentary collection composed of a library, a videotheque and press archives. The library is currently being inventoried.
The second phase of the Collection is structured around several categories of toys (imagery, optical toys, educational toys, mechanical toys, board games, toy soldiers, etc...). Since 1994 a most impressive selection of mechanical toys is a permanent fixture of the Museum of Decorative Arts: in the series we find 200 pieces, the most remarkable undoubtedly being the rare model battleship "Oregon" from the prestigious brand Marklin.