Doll Museum

The Doll Museum & Shop at the Old Rectory will be open during regular hours through Saturday, December 21st.  The museum & shop will then be closed until we reopen Tuesday, February 4th, 2020.  

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. .

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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“Fashion In Detail”  (2019)

Doll fashions mirror ladies’ fashion in this exhibition of miniature clothing and accessories paired with treasures from the Society’s clothing collection.  The hats, fans, purses, parasols, corsets and other full-size clothing pieces illustrate the range of fashions of the 19th and early 20th centuries worn by dolls and adults alike.

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