If you are a doll collector, it is exciting to visit doll museums when you travel. Sometimes, doll museums can be hard to find and are not widely known. This listing of doll museums contains many of the better-known U.S. doll museums as well as some that are off the beaten track.
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The Arizona Doll and Toy Museum has a "constantly changing scenario of dolls and toys from yesterday as well as familiar modern play things." One of the features of the museum is an authentic schoolroom of 1912 features antique dolls as the "students". There is a gift shop as located at the museum.
The Arizona Doll and Toy Museum, 5847 W. Myrtle Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301, 623-939-6186
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The Susan Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear Museum has a large display of dolls. It is also reportedly the largest teddy bear museum in the world, and has the largest doll and teddy bear library in the world. Owner Susan Quinlan gives tours.
Susan Quinlan Doll & Teddy Bear Museum & Library, 122 West Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101, 805-730-1707
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This unique museum is housed in the historic Pearce-McAllister Cottage and features changing and permanent exhibits including miniatures, dolls, dollhouses, toys, and teddy bears.
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys, 1880 Gaylord Street, Denver, Colorado 80206, 303-322-1053
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Contains doll exhibit "Playing with and Collecting Dolls" which has a Victorian dollhouse and an exhibit of bisque dolls, with over 1,000 dolls from around the world. Plus, Plus, "Batteries Not Included" gallery with over 1,000 antique toys.
Prairie Museum of Art and History, Thomas County Historical Society, 1905 S. Franklin, Colby, Kansas 67701, Phone: 785-460-4590Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Walk through a life-size Victorian Doll House, then take a trip to the magical land of the Gazoba fairies. There are also antique dolls and one-of-a-kind dolls. All proceeds are given to the TDS Memorial Foundation for the Handicapped. Handicapped individuals can tour The Enchanted Mansion free of charge. There is a gift shop as well as special events.
The Enchanted Mansion, 190 Lee Drive Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808, 225-769-0005
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The UFDC (United Federation of Doll Clubs)Doll Museum contains a wide variety of dolls, in both permanent and rotating displays. Many UFDC members have contributed a portion of their collections which have become the basis for the permanent displays. There is also a gift shop and research center.
UFDC Doll Museum, 10900 North Pomona Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri 64153 816-891-7040
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The Legacy Doll Museum was created by collector Dale Bochy. The museum houses a large collection of antique, collectible, and modern dolls. The museum includes vignettes and displays of 1800's doll accessories and toys. Doll displayed include French Fashion dolls with their original trousseaus, German Character dolls, and Modern Hard Plastic dolls with complete wardrobes. Terri Lee, vintage Ginny, Shirley Temple, Gene, Cissy, Barbie, Bratz and many more. Over 500 dolls and 4,000 toys, accessories and playthings are on display. There is also a gift and antique shop.
Legacy Doll Musseum, 3206 6th Avenue North, Billings, Montana 406-252-0041
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The Toy Collection of the Museum contains over 10,000 toys and amusements used by New Yorkers from the Colonial period to the present. There are vintage and antique doll houses and their furnishings, over 1,000 antique dolls, many with fashions and accessories; toys, games and puzzles. The toys and dolls are not always all on display; call ahead to find out when to schedule your visit to see them.
1220 Fifth Avenue @ 103rd St. New York, New York 10029, 212-534-1672Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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The Doll and Toy Museum is a non-profit museum run by volunteers. It features thousands of dolls, antique to modern, toys including Disney, trains, and circus collections. The museum also hosts a yearly doll show.
Doll and Toy Museum at Mid-Ohio Historical Museum 700 Winchester Pike, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110, 614-837-5573
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The Harrisburg Doll Museum is situated in a life-size Victorian Dollhouse. There are over 5,000 dolls and toys on display. The Doll House Museum, 2004 State Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17103 717-233-3099
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The Philadelphia Doll Museum has over 300 black dolls in its collection. The collection includes African, European, and American Folk Art dolls, the Roberta Bell Doll Collection, American and internationally manufactured dolls and a resource library. The museum is directed by Barbara Whiteman, and it is the only known museum in the United States that emphasizes the collection and preservation of black dolls as artifacts of history and culture.
The Philadelphia Doll Museum, 2553 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19132, 215-787-0220