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Doll Museum

The Doll Museum will be closed through January 2019 and will reopen on Tuesday February 5th, 2019, resuming regular hours.

Open Tuesday – Friday: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m

Admission is $2.00 for a self guided tour. Group tours or special group tours for Girl Scouts or children are also available for $3.00/person. Group tours can be scheduled for weekdays or the weekend. .

The museum features a distinguished collection of 19th and 20th century dolls.

  • Parian bisques: The fine unglazed china bisque heads of these dolls resemble Grecian parian marble. The molded heads have elaborate hairdos, usually blonde and are often decorated with bows, flowers and neck frills.
  • French fashion models: These beautiful dolls have real hair wigs, elaborate costumes and all the accessories a lady of the late 1800’s might desire.
  • Milliner’s models: These slender French dolls model fashions sent as miniature examples to England and America to show the latest fashions.
  • French bebes: “Juvenile” dolls such as a French bebe by Jumeau, Armand Marseilles or Charles Marsh reflect the recognition of childhood and its own fashions and toys.
  • Portrait dolls: An assortment of the famous, including the fashion setting Empress Eugenie of France (wife of Emperor Napolean III), Countess Dagmar of Denmark (married to Czar Alexander III), French artist Rosa Bonheur and Alice in Wonderland
  • American dolls:  Our diverse collection includes a doll with a papier mache head and a homemade body by Ludwig Greiner, a Joel Ellis doll made in 1873 from rock maple, jointed, with pewter hands and feet and an excellent example of a doll by Izannah Walker with its adorable painted fabric face and original clothing.
  • We also have dolls as small as 1” tall, dolls made with rubber, wood, wax and even a doll made from a wishbone.
  • A special display case holds the Japanese Hina Matsuri, including the emperor, empress and their court. It was presented to the City of Worthington by its sister city Sayama, (Japan), a town renowned for doll making.

The Doll Museum also features rotating exhibits.

Current Exhibition“A Doll Tutorial”  (Fall 2018)

Composition, bisque, china, parian, wax, fabric, papier-maché!  The Society’s doll collection has many dolls made of all of these materials. How do you tell them apart?  What are some of the defining characteristics of dolls?  What about novelty dolls, those with unusual attributes?

This new exhibit, “A Doll Tutorial”, will provide a look at many types of dolls and provide information on identification and unusal forms and uses such as our Chinese “doctor doll”.


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