Paris Doll Museum
Established in June 1994 at the end of a small flowery alleyway mere steps from the Pompidou Centre, this private museum is located in the heart of the historic toy district, home to the oldest manufacturers of novelties and children’s toys. It continuously displays the private collection of Guido and Samy Odin, as well as presenting thematic exhibitions that are updated two to three times each year.The permanent collections are exhibited of four rooms, including 40 displays that contain more than 500 dolls created from 1800 to 1959.While following the chronology of these toys, visitors will be lead to think about different functions of dolls, to discover the diverse materials that were used over time, to consider various methods of manufacturing them and to appreciate the different forms they took ranging from female and male adults, children or newborns through cartoons and animal characters.These four permanent galleries address the history of Western dolls in a way such that visitors, whatever their age, gender or specific interest in the topic, will be amply rewarded. Musée de la Poupée-Paris continues in the spirit of those who published children’s magazines over the past two centuries, namely "educating while entertaining."A “discovery game” enables children to learn about the dolls’ that belonged to their ancestors. Adults ask questions focusing on key objects that help to explain this universal toy’s evolution. While participating in that activity, the adults rediscover their childhood memories, as well as those of their parents and grandparents, thereby developing an appreciation of how these toys reflect civilization’s progression. Lovers and collectors of toys transcend the dolls’ immediate physical nature as objects and appreciate them in the context of history.
MUSEUM CLOSED SINCE September 15, 2017
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