Location: Nehru House, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi
A doll is a girl’s first best friend with whom she shares every small-little thing in her mind! It is the first toy of her life which, ironically, is supposed to symbolize her own demeanor. Whether it is an innate quality or just a social construction, girls are always supposed to be as prim and proper as a doll. Perhaps this special significance of a doll in a girl’s life is the reason behind the international recognition of the Doll’s Museum in Delhi.
Established in the year 1965, Shankar’s International Dolls Museum is like a dreamland for the children. It is by far the largest Dolls Museum in the country spreading across an area of 5184 square feet. A noted political cartoonist by profession, K.Shankar Pillai conceptualized the idea behind this museum and thus it came to be known as Shankar’s Dolls Museum. Today, it houses almost 6500 exhibits from a total number of 85 nations.
The museum has been divided into two halves. One half is for the collection from the Europe, the U.S, Australia and New Zealand and the other for the Asian Countries including India. The Indian contribution sums up to around 500 unique dolls dressed up in the Indian attire worn all across the country. Some dolls are also the representation of the different dance forms of India. A “clinic” for the dolls which need restoration can also be found at the museum.
Shankar’s Dolls museum or simply the Doll’s Museum, is one of the most visited destination for children’s day out. Watching such a huge collection of beautiful dolls all together is a delighting experience rejoiced by the children. Not only does it bring joy to their faces but also educates the about a lot many things around the world. So whether or not you are a child, you must visit the Dolls Museum for an experience which is truly one of its kinds!
Timings: 10 am to 6 pm
Entry: Adult: Rs.15, Children: Rs.5
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