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Musée de la Poupée Museum in Paris France

The Musée de la Poupée is all about dolls and is a museum dedicated to French dolls from the early 1800's through to the present day.

The Musée de la Poupée was opened in June 1994 with a private antique collection of dolls from Guido Odin and his Son, Samy Odin and now has around 500 incredible examples of antique dolls both from their own collection and that of donations.

There are dolls made of bisque, composition, cloth, rubber, celluloid and even plastic that are all on show in specific situations relating to their time, along with pieces of furniture, accessories and toys, from their period.

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Musée de la Poupée Museum in Paris France

The dolls are all presented chronologically through the different rooms of the museum and show the evolution of this toy through the times, which includes things like the materials used to produce the dolls, their functions and the impact they had along with their educational role they played.  In the first room you will get to see dolls from around 1800 to 1900, then the second room goes from 1900 up to 1950 and so on.

Plus, within the Musée de la Poupée you can also get to see temporary exhibitions that showcase past themes along with special collections, and even Barbie has her place in the museum!

Most of the 200 handmade dolls that are exhibited within this museum date from the 19th century and come from all over the world, although most of them are French.  Some of the dolls on display have even been made by famous doll makers such as Steiner and Jumeau.

The Musée de la Poupée is situated on the edge of the Marais district in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris and can be found down a cul-de-sac, which is really pretty in spring with all the flowers on show.

Throughout the year there are tours available for both adults and children that relate to the exhibitions and include the temporary exhibitions, which are a good way to discover the world of toys and being more precise, those of dolls.  These tours are great for virtually anyone of any age (provided that they are over age 5) and the tours begin by handling dolls' parts from various periods and end with a visit in the permanent rooms and the guide will answer any question you have as well.

Although most people think of doll's being for a child, you will find that there are many mature adults that collect dolls and within the museum there is a doll hospital for those that need a few repairs.

They are called a doll hospital because they do repairs on antique dolls, celluloid babies and plush animals.  And within the Musée de la Poupée there is a doll hospital that will be able to restore your doll, or even teddy bear back to its original state.  And if you were to bring it with you when you visit the museum, you will be able to get a free estimate of how much it will cost to repair, even before any work is carried out.

If you have a very old doll that you think could be a collectors or have a favourite teddy bear from years gone by, then the Musée de la Poupée could be the answer to your questions.  Some of the most common questions asked are; how old is my doll, where was it made, who made this doll, what is it worth, etc and if you take your prized and beloved possession along to the museum when you visit, then you will be able to get a free appraisal by the doll specialist and director of the museum.

Obviously, if you are a collector of traditional dolls from times gone by, then you can arrange for full evaluations of several different items at a time, but this would be by appointment only and with a fee.

There are lots of different activities that are available for the children throughout the year, such as workshops where the children can get to make their own cloth doll and take it away with them at the end of the session, also there are story telling sessions.  They even do birthday parties, obviously booked in advance, where the children can choose a range of activities for their party such as making a doll, have a doll tea party, etc.

There is a specialist shop on site and a bookshop that includes publications by the museum, plus books on patterns, accessories, fashion dolls, teddy bears, reference books relating to antique dolls, sets of postcards, plus there are dolls for sale along with antique dolls that are also for sale.

The Musée de la Poupée is open from a Tuesday through to a Sunday from 10am to 6pm, but is closed on a Monday and on national holidays.

There is a car park available for the public, and the museum is suitable for handicapped people and as well as the standard non-guided tours, you can also book in advance for group tours, lectures and specialist consultations of your own doll collections.

Address & Contact Details:

Musée de la Poupée
Impasse Berthaud
near 22 Rue Beaubourg

Telephone: 1 42 72 73 11

Musée de la Poupée Museum in Paris

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