Open Tuesday – Friday: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m
Effective 1/1/2014: 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.
“Parade of Doll Homes”
Many of the Society’s dollhouses are now on exhibit! See a Converse House, a 1920s house made of lithograph on wood, a Tootsietoy House, a Bliss House, a Rich Colonial, a Strombecker house, a Petite Princess and Keystone Tudor. Many homes will be displayed with their furniture viewable in each room. The homes on display are examples of dollhouses spanning the 20th century, from the lithograph and wood Bliss House made in the teens to the cardboard Petite Princess House from the mid 60s and 70s. Also see a set 0f 1920 “Newlyweds” rooms complete with tin furnishings.
Stop in for a visit, Tuesday – Friday, 1 pm – 4 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. Admission is $2/person for a self-guided tour!