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Places to Visit

Dolls House Museums and Collections

On this page we share the locations of some museums that have Dolls’ Houses. This list is not exhaustive and recommendations are always welcome.

Please check that the items you wish to see are on display before travelling.

There may be admission charges.

If you have a disability please enquire as to access, some museums are very good, others not so efficient.

If travelling from outside your own country or state/county/province, please check open days as National Holidays can vary.

Please send corrections, additions or advice of broken links via our contact form.

Australia

Cockington Green Gardens

ACT

11 Gold Creek Road, Nicholls, ACT 2913 (suburb of Canberra)

(02) 6230 2273

Display of handcrafted miniature buildings from around the world, miniature steam train and a 34 room dolls' house ‘Waverley’.


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National Museum of Australia

ACT

Lawson Cres, Acton, ACT 2601

(02) 6208 5000

Hetherington Doll’s House (1930s) (not always on display; check before visiting) 


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Powerhouse Museum

NSW

500 Harris St, Ultimo, Sydney, NSW 2007

(02) 9217 0111

Several dolls houses held, including two from Sydney store Walther & Stevenson. (Not always on display; check before visiting.)


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Leura (Blue Mountains)

NSW

36 Olympian Parade, Leura NSW 2780

info@toyrail.com.au

Phone: (02) 4784 1169

Of note: Leuralla Dolls House, ca 1915 (in the Nursery).


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Museums Victoria

VIC

Museums Victoria consists of several museums – we are uncertain which holds Pendle Hall, or whether it is on display; check before visiting.

Of note: Pendle Hall dolls house, built by Mrs Felicity Clemons in Tasmania, 1940s-1980s.


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Austria

Puppenhausmusem (Dolls' House Museum)

ST. THOMAS AM BLASENSTEIN

Marktplatz, AT-4364 St. Thomas am Blasenstein

Tel: 0043/072 6555825

Of note: Extensive collection of toys, dolls, dolls houses, privately owned.


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Spielzeug Museum (Toy Museum)

SALZBURG

Bürgerspitalgasse 2, 5020 Salzburg

Tel.+43662 620808-300


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Belgium

Speelgoed Museum Mechelen (Toy Museum)

ANTWERP

Speelgoed Museum Mechelen (Toy Museum), Nekkerspoelstraat 21, 2800 Mechelen

Phone +32 (0)15 / 55.70.75

Of note: reported to have many dolls houses, dolls shops and dolls kitchens. Not known how many are on display.


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Le Musée du Juet de Bruxelles (Toy Museum)

BRUSSELS

Rue de l'Association, 24 - 1000 Bruxelles

Phone 02/219.61.68

Of note: several dolls houses, of German, Spanish and unknown origin; dolls house furniture. Not known if they are on display.


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Musée de Jouet de Ferrières (Toy Museum)

LIÈGE

Rue de Lognoul 6, 4190 Ferrières

Phone  00 32 (0)86/40.08.23

Of note: Several doll kitchens and a dolls house from 1913.


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Canada

Dundas Museum & Archives

ONTARIO

139 Park Street West, Dundas, Ontario, ONL9H 1X8

Phone:  905 627 7412

Of note: Domville Dolls House of 1899. At the time of writing in storage, so make appointment to view.


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Czech Republic

Small Worlds/Male svety

BAVOROV

Dr. Mareše 370 (next to the library "knihovna"), 387 73 Bavorov, Czech Republic

Tel:   00420-608233310

Of note: Private collection of houses and other tiny toys collected and made over forty years by Gil Bomber


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Toy Museum

BENÁTKY NAD JIZEROU

Chateau, Benátky nad Jizerou

+420 326 316 595

The museum website (see 'More Information' below) is in Czech, English and Japanese

Tourist information (in English): Prague Stay

Of note: dolls houses, roomboxes, shops, model Japanese houses, etc


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Muzeum domečků, panenek a hraček (Museum of Dolls' Houses, Dolls and Toys)

LITOMYSL

570 01 Litomyšl (GPS 49°52'21.151"N, 16°18'50.115"E)

e-mail panenkylitomysl@seznam.cz

Tel. +420 734 802 946


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Prague Toy Museum

PRAGUE

Jirská 4, Prague 1 (in the Prague Castle premises)

Tel: +420 243 722 94 / +420 243 711 11

Of note: large collection of toys through the ages, including dolls houses, roomboxes and a separate display of Barbies.


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Denmark

Nationalmuseet (National Museum of Denmark)

HOVEDSTADEN (Capital Region)

Prinsens Palæ (Prinsens Palais), Ny Vestergade 10, 1471 Copenhagen K

Phone: +45 3313 4411

Of note: many dolls houses, including "The Three Sisters", ca 1850, by tradition played with by the three daughters of King Christian IX, displayed in the permanent exhibition "Stories of Denmark (1660-2000)".


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Legetøjsmuseum Olgas Lyst (Olga's Delight Toy Museum)

HOVEDSTADEN (Capital Region)

Sommerstedgade 11, 1718 København V (Copenhagen)

Phone: +45 33 23 85 58 or 60 89 85 58

Of note: Private collection of dolls and toys, including dolls houses from 1860-1920.


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Skuldelev Dukkemuseum og legetøjssamling (Skuldelev Doll Museum and Toy Collection)

HOVEDSTADEN (Capital Region)

Fasanvej 5. Skuldelev 4050 Skibby

Phone: 47520154

Of note:  some dolls houses, Hans Andersen dolls.


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Miniseum

NORDJYLLAND (North Denmark)

Memstrupsvej 1 Fjelsted 9550 Mariager

Phone:  + 46 8648 4824

Of note: Large display of recent collectors' dolls houses, and a large model of Gammel Estrup Manor House. Has a shop.


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Egeskov Castle

SYDDANMARK (Southern Denmark)

Egeskov Stewards Office, Egeskov Gade 18, DK-5772, Kraerndrup.

www.egeskov.dk or in English: www.egeskov.dk/en

Phone (0045 for Denmark) 6227 1016

Of note: Titania’s Palace, craftsman built house, originally from Ireland.


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Museum Sønderjylland

SYDDANMARK (Southern Denmark)

Sønderborg Slot, Sønderbro 1, 6400 Sønderborg

Phone: 74 42 25 39

 Of note: toy collection of the 1900s, including a large dolls house


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KJ Design Dukkehusmuseum

SYDDANMARK (Southern Denmark)

Klintholmvej 49, 5874 Hesselager

Phone: 6130 7856

Of note:  Display of recent collectors' dolls houses set in various time periods, including the 1950s and 2010. Has a shop.


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Finland

Suomelinnan lelumuseo (Suomelinna Toy Museum)

HELSINKI

Suomenlinna C66, 00190 Helsinki

Phone: +358 40 500 6607

Of note: Toys from Finland 1800-1960, including some dolls houses and dolls furniture.


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Muumilaakso (Moominvalley Moomin Museum)

TAMPERE

Tampere Art Museum, Puutarhakatu 34, 33101 Tampere

Phone: +358 (0)3 5656 6577

Of note: gallery dedicated to the works of Tove Jansson, including a 2.5m Moomin house built by Tove Jansson in the 1970s.


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Vapriikki Museum Centre

TAMPERE

Alaverstaanraitti 5, 33100 Tampere

Phone: +358 03 5656 6966

Of note: Home to the Doll Museum (Nukkemuseo), which includes a variety of dolls houses.


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Turku Castle

TURKU

Linnankatu 80, 20100 Turku

Phone: +358 (0) 2 262 0300

 Of note: the Children's Castle is said to have some dolls houses and toys.


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France

Musée de l'Œuvre Notre Dame

ALSACE

3 Place du Château, 67000, Strasbourg

Phone 33 3 88 52 50 00

Of note: Should contain the Strasbourg Baby House of 1680, please check before visiting.


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Musée Alsacien

ALSACE

23 – 25 Quai Saint Nicolas, 67000, Strasbourg

Phone 03 88 52 50 01

Of note: Historic room boxes.


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Musée des Arts Décoratifs

ÎLE-DE-FRANCE

107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001, Paris

Phone 01 44 55 57 50

Of note: Dolls Houses, Toys.

Caution: get the address right, there are 3 Museums within this group.


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Musée de la Poupée

ÎLE-DE-FRANCE

28 Rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris

Phone 01 42 72 73 11

Of note: Dolls house in foyer with many Bleuette dolls.


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Musée du Joue

ÎLE-DE-FRANCE

1 Enclos de L’Abbaye, 78300, Poissy

Phone 01 39 65 06 06

Of note: Doll Rooms, toys teddy bears.


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Musée des Poupées et des Nounour

LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON

4, rue de l'Estrangladou, 30350 Lézan

Email: dollhousedreams@free.fr or myoldbear@free.fr (Contact: Ulla-Maija)

Of note: more than 50 dolls houses and roomboxes, including Gottschalk, Silber & Fleming, Handicrafts, etc


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Musée des Civilisations de L’Europe et de la Méditerané

PROVENCE-ALPES-CÔTE D'ASUR

7 Promenade Robert Laffont, (Esplanade du J4) CS 10351, 13213 Marseille, Cedex 02

Phone 04 84 35 13 00

Of note: Now houses the collections of the former Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires Paris. Should include a Mansard Roof Christian Hacker, PLEASE CHECK before travelling.


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Germany

Städtisches Museum Űberlingen

BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG

Krummebergstrasse 30, D – 88662 Űberlingen

07551-991079

Of note: 55 Dolls Houses


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Museum Ulm

BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG

Marktplatz 9 89073 Ulm

info.museum@ulm.de

+49(0)731 161 4301

Of note: Reputed Baby House, needs confirmation.


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Germanisches Nationalmuseum

BAYERN / BAVARIA

Kartäusergasse 1, 90402 Nűrnberg / Nuremberg

info@gnm.de

+49 (0) 911 13310

Of note: Four early Baby Houses and much more. Toy section at Kartäusergasse 20


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Spielzeugmuseum Nürnberg - Museum Lydia Bayer (Lydia Bayer Toy Museum)

BAYERN / BAVARIA

Karlstraße 13-15 90403 Nürnberg

spielzeugmuseum@stadt.nuernberg.de

0911/231-3164, 0911/231-3260

Of note: Collection of Christian Hacker toys.


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Műnchner Stadtmuseum

BAYERN / BAVARIA

St Jacobs Platz 1, 80331 Műnchen / Munich

stadtmuseum@muenchen.de

+49-(0)89-233-22370

Of note: Room Boxes, Toys, Dolls House


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Spielzeugmuseum im Pleinfelder Tor

BAYERN / BAVARIA

91792 Ellingen

henriette16@t-online.de

Henriette Westinger, 09141 / 70545

Of note: Small private toy museum in delightful gatehouse tower.


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Altonaer Museum

HAMBURG

Museumstraße 23 22765 Hamburg

info@am.shmh.de

040 428 135 0

Reputed Classroom and Shop, please check


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Historisches Museum Frankfurt

HESSE

Saalhof 1 (previously Fahrtor 2) 60311 Frankfurt am Main

besucherservice[at]historisches-museum-frankfurt.de (replace [at] with @ )

+49 69 212-35154

Of note: Gontard Baby House, Toy collection.


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Museum für Puppen und Spielzeug Museum

NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN / NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA

Alte Gasse 28, 53902 Bad Münstereifel

02253 / 543881 and 0178 / 6848464 (Cornelia and Rolf Urbild)

Of note: dolls houses, roomboxes, shops, etc


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Puppenstubenmuseum der 30er und 50er Jahre Jakobsweiler

RHEINLAND-PFALZ / RHINELAND-PALATINATE

Rosenweg 3, 67814 Jakobsweiler

Of note: About 65 dolls houses and roomboxes


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Freilichtmuseum Kommern

MECHERNICH KOMMRN

Rheinisches Landesmuseum fűr Volkskunde, Eickser Strasse D 53894, Mechernich Kommern

Phone 02443 99800

Of note: Reputed Dolls House and Toy Kitchens please check.


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The Schlossmuseum (Palace Museum) Arnstadt

THURINGIA

Neues Palais, Schlossplatz 1, 99310 Arnstadt

schlossmuseum@kulturbetrieb-arnstadt.de

03628 / 60 29 32

Of note: Mon Plaisir model village commissioned by Princess Dorothea of Arnstadt.


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Ireland

Tara's Palace Museum of Childood

DUBLIN

14 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

info@taraspalace.ie

Currently closed, to reopen at the new address above in the course of 2019


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Italy

Museo Civico d’Arte Industriale e Quadreria Davia Bargellini

BOLOGNA

Strada Maggiore 44, 40125 Bologna

+39 051 236708; +39 051 228821

Of note: Model of 18th C Town house, Marionette Theatre


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Netherlands

Kinderwereld Speelgoedmuseum (Children's World Toy Museum)

FRIESLAND

Brink 31, 9301 JK Roden

info@museumkinderwereld.nl

050-5018851

Of note: some dolls houses, antique and recent


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Rozet

GELDERLAND

Kortestraat 16, 6811 EP Arnhem

info@rozet.nl

026-35 43 100

Of note: the 18th century dolls house owned by painter Lizzy Ansingh (1875-1959) (formerly in the Historisch Museum Arnhem Burgerweeshuis)


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Speelgoedmuseum Oosterhout

NORTH BRABANT

Zandheuvel 51, 4901 HT Oosterhout

info@speelgoedmuseum.nl

0162-452815

Of note: dolls shops, dolls kitchens, dolls houses, model buildings


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Frans Hals Museum

NORTH HOLLAND

Groot Heiligland 62, 2011 ES Haarlem

meet@franshalsmuseum.nl

+31-23-5115775

Of note: 18th century Baby House owned by Sara Rothé


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Rijksmuseum

NORTH HOLLAND

Museumstraat 1 1071 XX Amsterdam

info@rijksmuseum.nl

+31 (0) 20 6747 000

Of note: Petronella Oortman House, painting of same by Jacob Appel 1710


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Speelgoedmuseum Deventer (Deventer Toy Museum)

NORTH HOLLAND

Brink 47, 7411 BV Deventer

info@deventerverhaal.nl

0570-611 153

Of note: display of dolls houses from 1850 to the present.


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Gemeente Museum

SOUTH HOLLAND

Stadhouderslaan 41, 2517 HV Den Haag

info@gemeentemuseum.nl

+31 (0)70 3381111

Of note: Another Sara Rothé House 1743 ( may be the Sara Plous van Amstel house under another name)


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Huis Van Guin (Van Gijn House)

SOUTH HOLLAND

Nieuwe Haven 30, NL - 3311 AP Dordrecht

+31 (0)78 770 8708

Of note: an 18th century dolls house and other dolls houses.


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Centraal Museum

UTRECHT

Agnietenstraat 1 3512 XA Utrecht

info@centraalmuseum.nl

Petronella de la Court Baby House, check if on display


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Norway

The Norwegian Digital Museum database is useful for locating dolls' houses and dolls' house furniture. The database does not indicate which dolls' houses are on display.

Norway

Gamle Hvam Museum

AKERSHUS

Store-Hvamsvegen 26, 2165 Hvam.

+ 47 (0)455 02 943

Several dolls' houses from the first half of the 20th century, plus some dolls' house furniture.


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Asker Museum

AKERSHUS

Otto Valstads vei 19, 1395 Hvalstad

+47 (0)66 79 00 11

One dolls house.


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KUBEN cultural centre

AUST-AGDER

Parkveien 16, 4838 Arendal

+47 (0)37 01 79 00

One set of dolls' house table and chairs made in Norway ca 1925


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Kvinnemuseet (National Women's Museum)

HEDMARK

Løkkegaten 35, 2213 Kongsvinger

+47 (0)62 88 82 90

An antique roombox (unfurnished).


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Lofoten Toy Museum

NORDLAND

Sakrisøy, N-8390 Reine i Lofoten

+47 (0)76 09 21 43

Within the Arctic circle. Has many dolls, including some dolls' house dolls.


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Hadeland Folkemuseum

OPPLAND

Kongevegen 92, 2770 Jaren

+47 (0)61 31 32 80

Homemade 3-room dolls' house ca 1920, with homemade and bought furnishings. 


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Norsk Folkemuseum (The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History)

OSLO

Museumsveien 10, Bygdøy, 0287 Oslo

+47 (0)22 12 37 00

Around two dozen dolls' houses of the 19th and 20th centuries, several made in Norway, plus dolls' house furnishings.


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Norsk Teknisk Museum

OSLO

Kjelsåsveien 143, 0491

+47 (0)22 79 60 00

Dolls' house and accessories made in the 1950s by the Chief Engineer of Norwegian company Kværner Brug A/S for his grandchildren.


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Haugalandmuseene

ROGLAND

Skåregt. 142, Haugesund

+47 (0)52 70 93 60

One tiny 1950s/60s dolls' house; some older dolls' house furniture


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Sverresborg Trøndelag Folkemuseum

SØR-TRØNDELAG

Sverresborg Allè 13, 7020 Trondheim

post@sverresborg.no

+47 (0)73 89 01 00

Several Norwegian dolls' houses.


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Norsk rettsmuseum (Norwegian National Museum of Justice)

SØR-TRØNDELAG

Kongens gate 95, 7012 Trondheim

+47 (0)73 50 03 05

One dolls' house, previously in Bots prison.


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Berg - Kragerø Museum

TELEMARK

Lovisenbergvn. 45, 3770 Kragerø

+47 (0)35 54 45 00

Two mid 20th century dolls' houses and some furnishings


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Kristiansand Museum

VEST-AGDER

Vigeveien 22B, PB 4048 Kongsgård. 4689 Kristiansand

+47 (0)38 10 26 90

One homemade dolls' house from the 1960s.


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South Africa

Stellenbosch Toy and Miniature Museum

STELLENBOSCH

Market Street, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch 7600

+ 27 (0)21 882 8861

A collection of 1:12 scale miniatures and room boxes, may have antique dolls' houses too.

 


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Hazel's World of Miniatures

RAMSGATE, KwaZulu Natal

Full location details will be given when arranging an appointment.

hazelvoice@iafrica.com

+27 (0)8344 79261

A private museum of handcrafted and vintage miniatures, including a Triang Mickey Mouse nursery set. Visit by appointment.


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Spain

Museo Valenciano del Juguete

ALICANTE

Glorieta Nicolás Payá Jover, 1 - 03440-Ibi

info@museojuguete.com

+34 (0)96 655 02 26

"The Valencian Toy Museum is a centre for conservation, research and dissemination of playful childhood heritage. An extraordinary space that allows us to travel back in time and let us speak through toys to lived childhoods and ways of understanding the world in the past." The website shows that some miniature furniture is held in the collection.


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Sweden

Charlottenborg Castle / Motala Museum

ÖSTERGÖTLAND

Strandvägen 71, 591 46 Motala

+46 (0)141 23 35 91

When this information was first posted, some years ago, about 40 dolls' houses and other model buildings representing a small town were on display, including a patisserie, school, residential homes, shops and ordinary homes, etc, made by a couple called Nielsen in the late 1990s. It is not known (August 2019) if this is still on show.


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Museihuset

ÖSTERGÖTLAND

Ljungs Västra Bro 1, 590 70 Vreta kloster (between Motala and Linköping)

info [snabel-a] museihuset.se

+46 (0)13 39 40 44

Some dolls houses, as well as many model cars, model trains, Lego, etc.


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Lekoseum

SKÅNE

Briogatan 2, 283 31 Osby

info@lekoseum.se

+46 (0)479-312 47

Display of Brio dolls' houses, plus Märklin model railways, the largest collection of Barbie dolls in Sweden, and Santa's house and workshop, etc.

Also on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lekoseum

 


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Kulturen i Lund (Lund Cultural and Historical Museum)

SKÅNE

Tegnérplatsen, 22350 Lund

info@kulturen.com

+46 (0)46-35 04 00

A dolls' house in the Play Loft on the second floor; a collection of silver filigree dolls' house furniture made in the Netherlands in the late 17th century (not always on display).


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Dockskåps Huset i Hulu

SMÅLAND

Lommaryds-hulu Missionshuset 1, 578 91 Aneby

chrissy@palandet.se

Christine Kainu's private collection of dolls houses from Sweden, Germany, England, etc, plus bathrooms, kitchens, forts, etc.  

August 2019: appears to be open by appointment only. Contact by email.


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Gemla Leksaksmuseum (Toy Museum)

SMÅLAND

Hembygdsvägen 1, 360 32 Gemla

info@ojahembygd.se

+46 (0)70-203 22 46

Sweden's first toy factory was founded in Gemla in 1866. Gemla toy museum [Gemla leksaksmuseum in Swedish] displays a wonderful selection of wooden toys from the last 100 years. A photo exhibition of the toy museum can also be seen. 

Open by appointment and some Sundays during the summer.


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Micki Leksaker company headquarters (and museum?)

SMÅLAND

Industrivägen 7, 360 32 Gemla

info@micki.se

+46 (0)470-70 41 50

Current owner of Lundby brand. Company museum of Lundby and Micki dolls' houses.

It is not known (August 2019) if this is open to the public - the website (click More Information, below) doesn't mention it.


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Dockskåpsvrån Rävlämmen

SMÅLAND

Lotorp Vandrarhem, Torgvägen 1, 610 13 Lotorp

+46 (0)73-3971070

Ingegerd Carlborg's private collection of about 70 dolls' houses from 1900 on, from Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, the UK and the USA, plus furnishings from 1850 on.

Open (2019) July - September, on Sundays & Mondays, 2 pm - 7pm


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Nordiska museet

STOCKHOLM

Djurgårdsvägen 6-16, 115 93 Stockholm

nordiska@nordiskamuseet.se

+46 (0)8 519 547 70

Dolls' houses of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries; the earliest is ca 1700.

Open every day, 9am to 6pm


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Leksaksmuseet Stockholm (Stockholm Toy Museum)

STOCKHOLM

Brantvägen 3, 133 41 Saltsjöbaden

paula@leksaksmuseet.se

+46 (0)704 753 604

Some dolls' houses, details unknown. 

Open: Tuesdays - Sundays, 11am - 5pm.


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Villa Edros

VÄRMLAND

7 km north of Filipstad towards Hagfors, Värmland, Sweden

The summer home of Berith Bergström, maker of Nolbyn dolls houses and furniture.

Open to the public for one weekend in the summer. For 2019, this was July 20 and 21. Details for 2020 will be published on the website [click More Information, below] in due course.


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Vänersborgs Dockmuseum (Vänersborg Doll Museum)

VÄSTERGÖTLAND

Residensgatan 2, 462 33 Vänersborg

vanersborgs.dockatelje@swipnet.se

+46 (0)521-61571

Birgitta Peterson's private collection of dolls from ca 1840 to early Barbies; dolls' furniture, dolls' shops, etc.

August 2019: the website is accessible, but the most recent post is dated 2016, and the museum is showing as closed. It is not known if this temporary or permanent. (More Information, below, links to the website).


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Switzerland

Haus zum Kirschgarten

BASEL

Elizabethenstrasse 27, 4051

Phone +41 61 205 86 00

Of note: Dolls Houses, doll kitchens, doll shops, Toy Gallery.


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Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum

ZURICH

Museumstrasse 2, CH 8001 Zurich

Phone +41 (0) 44 218 65 11

Of note: Swiss culture, Toys, includes dolls hat & fabric shop ca 1790, dolls kitchen ca 1875, and six-room furnished tin litho Oro-Werke dolls house, ca 1925.


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Turkey

Rahmi M Koç Museum

ISTANBUL

Hasköy Cad No 5, Hasköy 34445, Istanbul

Phone 212 369 66 00

Of note: Collection of Dolls Houses from the 19th and 20th centuries.


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United Kingdom

If phoning from outside the UK put 44 in front of the 0 when dialling.

The National Trust has properties in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (but not in Scotland or in the Republic of Ireland (Eire). National Trust properties have been identified as they run their own web pages with full details of all properties, cafes, gardens etc., so it is wise to check on the National Trust Web Site before visiting.  

The National Trust Collections can be searched online by Category, as well as by Collection (ie place held), Time Period, whether on display or not, etc. The categories include Dolls' Houses and Furnishings, and images are shown of many items. 

United Kingdom - England

Queen Mary's Dolls' House

Berkshire

Windsor Castle, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ

Phone 020 7766 7304


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Blaise Castle House Museum

Bristol

Henbury Road, Bristol, BS10 7QS

Phone:  0117 903 9818

Of note: a collection of toys, including dolls' houses and furniture.


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Lyme Park House & Garden

Cheshire

Disley, Stockport, Cheshire,  SK12  2NR

Phone 01663 762023

Of note: Edwardian toys (National Trust Property)


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Lanhydrock

Cornwall

Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5AD

Phone 01208 265950

Of note: there is a G & J Lines No 21 dolls' house in the Day Nursery and a small homemade card dolls' house in the Schoolroom. (National Trust Property).


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A World in Miniature Museum

Cumbria

Houghton Hall Garden Centre, Houghton, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA6 4JB

Phone 01228 400 388

Of note: room sets and individual furnishings created in 1/12th scale by over 200 skilled artisans and miniaturists, from the late 1980s to ca 2000.


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Hill Top

Cumbria

Hill Top, Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22  0LF

Phone 015394 36269

Of note: Beatrix Potter's dolls' house (National Trust Property).


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Calke Abbey

Derbyshire

Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derby, Derbyshire, DE73 7LE

Phone 01332 863822

Of note: two dolls' houses, one large possibly 19th century, one smaller mid 19th century.


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Sudbury Hall & the National Trust Museum of Childhood

Derbyshire

Sudbury Hall, Sudbury, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 5HT

Phone 01283 585305

Of note: Museum of Childhood: G & J Lines No 21 (National Trust Property)


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Allhallows Museum of Lace and Local Antiquities

Devon

High Street, Honiton, Devon,  EXC14 1PG

Phone 01404 44966

Of note: a mid-Victorian furnished dolls' house


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Castle Drogo

Devon

Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, Near Exeter, Devon, EX6 6PB

Phone 01647 433306

Of note: two dolls’ houses, plus a Wendy house and miniature garden  (National Trust Property)


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The Merchant's House Museum

Devon

33 Saint Andrew Street, Plymouth PL1 2AX

Phone 01752 30477

Of note: dolls' house, possibly 19th century.


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Overbeck’s Museum and Garden

Devon

Sharpitor, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8LW

Phone 01548 84289

Of note: two dolls' houses, one of unknown date decorated ca 1980s; one probably 19th century German. (National Trust Property)


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Saltram

Devon

Plympton, Plymouth, Devon, PL7  1UH

Phone 01752 333500

Of note: "Whiteways", a dolls' house donated by Vivien Greene; check it is on view before visiting. (National Trust Property).


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Dorset County Museum

Dorset

High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA

Phone 01305 262735

Of note: a dolls' house mentioned by a DHP&P member.


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Sherborne Museum

Dorset

Church Lane, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3BP

Phone 01935 812252

Of note: dolls' houses, Ladies Guild dolls house furniture.


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The Bowes Museum

Co. Durham

Barnard Castle, Co Durham DL12 8NP

Phone 01833 690606

Of note: small dolls' house or model house, made ca 1840 by William Dobson, colliery labourer of Barnard Castle. (Check if on display.)

As of mid 2016, the antique and vintage toy display has been greatly reduced, and now includes only one dolls' house.


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Audley End house & Gardens

Essex

Off London Road, Saffron Walden,  Essex, CB11 4JF

Phone 01799 522842

Of note: Victorian dolls' house in the children's nursery. (English Heritage Property).


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Central Museum

Essex

Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS2  6EW

Phone 01702 212345

Of note: two dolls' houses on display, two in store (as at October 2014).


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The House on the Hill Toy Museum

Essex

Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, CM24 8SP

Phone 01279 81323

Of note:  several dolls' houses.


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Snowshill Manor and Garden

Gloucestershire

Snowshill, near Broadway, Gloucestershire, WR12 7JU

Phone 01386 852410

Of note: dolls' houses including furnished dolls' house from 1907 and one of Georgian style.


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Curtis Museum

Hampshire

High Street, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1BA

Phone 01420 82802

Of note: dolls' house in Gallery of Childhood.


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Dolls House Exhibition - Maple Street Dolls Houses & Miniatures

Hertfordshire

Wendy, Royston, Herts, SG8 0AB

Phone 01223 207025 or 01223 208937

Of note: display of roomboxes furnished in different periods, plus collections from the former dolls house museum at Petworth, Sussex; from Dawn Lockyer; and Patricia Labistour's exhibition of Music in Miniature.  


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The Lilliput Antique Doll & Toy Museum

Isle of Wight

Brading, Isle of Wight. PO36 0DJ

Phone 01983 407231

Of note: some dolls' houses, as well as many many dolls.


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Hever Castle & Gardens

Kent

Hever, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG

Phone 01732 865224

Of note: Guthrie Collection of Miniature Model Houses by master miniaturist John J Hodgson. Illustrates the development of English country houses through the ages, from Tudor to Victorian times, in 1/12th scale.


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Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery

Kent

Civic Centre, Mount Pleasant, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1JN

Phone 01892 554171

Of note: The Rigg Dolls' House, 1840, and a ca 1890 dolls' house.


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Hoghton Tower

Lancashire

Hoghton, Nr Preston, PR5 0SH

Phone 01254 852986

Of note: 27 dolls houses, including some from the 19th and early 20th centuries.


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Judges’ Lodgings

Lancaster

Church Street, Lancaster,  LA1 1YS

Phone 01524 32808

Of note: Toys, including several dolls houses, on the top floor.


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Museum of Lincolnshire Life

Lincolnshire

Burton Road, Lincoln, LN1 3LY

Phone  01522 782040

Of note: a Kits Coty House.


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The Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood

London

Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA

hello@vam.ac.uk

Phone 020 8983 5200

Of note: many Dolls’ Houses


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Pollock's Toy Museum & Shop

London

1 Scala Street, London W1T 2HL

info@pollockstoymuseum.com

Phone 020 7636 3452

Of note: Many dolls houses from the mid 1800s to the mid 20th century. Display may vary.


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Museum of London

London

150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN

Phone 020 7001 9844

Of note: Blackett’s Baby House.


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Strangers Hall

Norfolk

4 Charing Cross, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4AL

Phone 01603 667229 / 493625

Of note: Several dolls houses and dolls house furniture in reserve collection (not currently on public display; contact curator).


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King’s Lynn Town Hall

Norfolk

Saturday Market Place, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 5DQ

Phone 01553 775839

Of note: Reputed to have the Lynn Baby House (check).


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Wallington

Northumberland

Cambo, Near Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 4 AR

Phone 01670 77360

Of note: Hammond House & a room of Dolls Houses. (National Trust Property)


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Wells and Mendip Museum

Somerset

8 Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset BA5 2UE

Phone: 01749 673477

Of note: Dolls house, probably 19th century; roombox decorated as model antique shop, with antique and vintage miniature glass, pottery, etc.


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Christchurch Mansion

Suffolk

Soane Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 2BE

Phone 01473 433554

Of note: Two Victorian dolls houses.


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Ickworth

Suffolk

The Rotunda, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5Q

Phone 01284 735270

Of note: Two dolls houses, one ca 1880 Silber & Fleming type boxback and the other from 1907 plus contents. Not currently on display. (National Trust property)


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Southwold Museum

Suffolk

9 -11 Victoria Street, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6HZ

Phone 01502 726097

Of note: Victorian dolls house (reported in 1990s, may be the house seen in Browse the Exhibits under Scale Models?)


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Ham House

Surrey

Ham Street, Ham, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7RS

Phone  0208 8940 1950

Of note: Model of the State Bedroom, created 1975. Not currently on display. (National Trust Property)


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Museum of Farnham

Surrey

Wilmer House, 38 West Street, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DX

Phone 01252 715094

Of note: Manwaring Dolls House, ca 1790.


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Brighton Toy and Model Museum

Sussex, East

52-55 Trafalgar St, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4E (beneath Brighton Railway Station)

Phone 01273 749494

Of note: Several dolls houses, dolls house furniture, antique French miniature schoolroom (check if on display).


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The Grange Art Gallery & Museum

Sussex, East

The Green, Rottingdean, Brighton, E. Sussex BN2 7HA

Phone 01273 301004

Of note: collection of toys and dolls, including a large dolls house.


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Hove Museum & Art Gallery

Sussex, East

19 New Church Road, Hove, Sussex, BN3 4AB

Phone Brighton Museums 300 029 0900

Of note: Dolls House and Toys.


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Michelham Priory

Sussex, East

Upper Dicker, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3QS

Phone 01323 844224

Of note: a large ca 1920s dolls house, may be in a Tudor Room.


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Yesterday's World Museum of Social History

Sussex, East

89-90 High Street (Opposite Battle Abbey), Battle, East Sussex TN33 0AQ

Phone 01424 777 226

Of note: toys of the past, may include Victorian dolls house.


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Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens

Sussex, West

Leonardslee Gardens, Brighton Road, Lower Beeding, Horsham, RH13 6PP

info@leonardsleegardens.co.uk

+44 (0)871 87 333 89

"The famous dolls' house museum re-opened in 2019 after 9 years' closure - a magical worls awaits you at the remarkable 'Beyond the Dolls' House Exhibition'. With village life in 1/12th scale, with landscapes & characters acting out day-to-day activities."


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Petworth House and Park

Sussex, West

Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0AE

Phone 01798 342207

Of note: a large dolls house. (National Trust Property).


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Standen House and Garden

Sussex, West

West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4NE

Phone 01342 323029

Of note: probably Christian Hacker dolls house, not currently on display.


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Uppark House & Garden

Sussex, West

South Harting, Petersfield, West Sussex, GU31 5QR

Phone 01730 825 415

Of note: Sarah Featherstonhaugh House (18th Century) (National Trust Property)


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Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

Sussex, West

Chapel Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1HP

Phone 01903 221448

Of note: Dolls Houses, Dolls, Teddies. 


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Warwickshire Museum

Warwickshire

St John's House Museum, St John's Court, Warwick CV34 4NF

Phone 01926 412 132 or 01926 412 500 (may reach the other location, Market Hall Museum)

Of note: the Social History - Dolls & Toys Collection includes several dolls houses. 


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Longleat House

Wiltshire

Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW

Phone 01985 845420

Of note: Longleat Dolls’ House.


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Worcestershire County Museum

Worcestershire

Hartlebury  Castle, Hartlebury Nr Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7XZ

Phone  01299 250416

Of note: Christian Hacker Fort.


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Grassington Folk Museum

Yorkshire, North

6 The Square, Grassington, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 5AQ

uwmsoc@gmail.com

Phone 01756 753287 (Chairman of the Museum Society)

Of note: Dolls house with contents described as 18th - 20th century.


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Newby Hall and Gardens

Yorkshire, North

Newby Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire,  HG4 5AE

Phone 01423 322 583

Of note: 70 dolls houses from the Hamilton & Fiddick Collection.


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Nunnington Hall

Yorkshire, North

Nunnington, North Yorkshire, YO62 5UY

Phone 01439 748283

Of note: Carlisle Collection of Miniature Rooms (National Trust property)


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York Castle Museum

Yorkshire, North

Eye of York, York,  YO1 9RY

enquiries@ymt.org.uk

Phone 01904 687687

Of note: Heslington Dolls’ House, Toys, Dolls.


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Abbey House Museum

Yorkshire, West

Abbey Walk, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3EH

Phone  0113 230 5492

Of note: Victorian Street with toys.


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Ilkley Toy Museum

Yorkshire, West

Whitton Croft Road, Ilkley,  West Yorkshire, LS29 9HR

ilkleytoymuseum@outlook.com

Phone 01943 603855

Of note: a good number of dolls' houses from the 19th and 20th centuries, dolls, teddies, toys.


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Nostell Priory & Parkland

Yorkshire, West

Doncaster Road, Nostell,  Near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 1QE

Phone 01924 863892

Of note: House reputed to be by Chippendale (National Trust Property)


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United Kingdom - Northern Ireland

Springhill

DERRY/LONDONDERRY

Springhill, 20 Springhill Road, Moneymore, Magherafelt, County Londonderry, BT45 7NQ

springhill@nationaltrust.org.uk

Phone 028 8674 8210

Of note: Dolls' house (National Trust Property)


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Little Treasures, Toy and Dollhouse Museum

ABERDEENSHIRE

Little Treasures, Seafield Street, Banff, Aberdeenshire AB45 1DR

emily@littletreasures.uk.com or ejilt@btinternet.com

Phone 01467 642332 or 01467 641696

Of note: hundreds of dolls' houses


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Glamis Castle

ANGUS

Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland DD8 1RJ

enquiries@glamis-castle.co.uk

Phone 01307 840393

Of note: the childhood dolls' house of the late Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (née Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon) (the interior appears to have been redecorated).


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Thirlestane Castle

BERWICKSHIRE

Thirlestane Castle, Lauder, Berwickshire TD2 6RU

enquiries@thirlestanecastle.co.uk

Phone 01578 722430

Of note: dolls' houses in the nursery wing


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Museum of Childhood

EDINBURGH

42 High Street, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1TG

museumsandgalleries@edinburgh.gov.uk

Phone 0131 529 4142

Of note:  Stockbroker house


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ROSS AND CROMARTY

Highland Museum of Childhood, The Old Station, Strathpeffer, IV14 9DH

Phone 01997 421031

Of note: changing display of dolls house furniture.


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United Kingdom - Wales

West Wales Museum of Childhood

CARMARTHENSHIRE

Pen-ffynnon, Llangeler, Carmarthenshire, SA44 5EY

info@toymuseumwales.co.uk

Phone: 01559 370428

Of note: Lines, Triang, Amersham, Handicrafts and other dolls houses.


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Erddig

CLWYD

Erddig, near Wrexham, LL13 0YT

Phone: 01978 355314

Of note: Dolls house in an 18th century cabinet in the nursery. (National Trust property)


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Penrhyn Castle

GWYNEDD

Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 4HN

Phone 01248 353084

Of note: Dolls House in the Nursery (National Trust Property)


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Dolls House and Toy Museum

PEMBROKESHIRE

Ty Twt, Newport, Pembrokeshire, SA42 0PH

Phone: 01239 820 590

Of note:  A private collection, with dolls houses from 1840 to now, including some in the owners' family for 80-100 years.


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United States of America

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

ARIZONA

4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr., Tucson, AZ, 85712

Phone: 520 881 0606

Of note: dolls houses and shops of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, as well as miniatures representing life around the world and fantasy themes.


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Museum of Science and Industry

ILLINOIS

5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637

Phone: 773 684 1414

Of note: Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle. 


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Art Institute of Chicago

ILLINOIS

111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: +1 312-443-3600

Of note: Thorne Miniature Rooms.


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Museum of Miniature Houses

INDIANA

111 East Main Street, Carmel, Indiana 46032

info@museumofminiatures.org

Phone: 317-575-9466

Of note: over 600 miniatures including room boxes, houses and individual items.


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The Great American Dollhouse Museum

KENTUCKY

344 Swope Drive, Danville, KY  40422

Phone: (859) 236-1883

Over 200 dollhouses, miniature buildings, and room boxes.


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Peabody Essex Museum

MASSACHUSETTS

East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970 3783

Information@pem.org

Phone 978 745 9500 / 866 745 1876

Of note: Warren House (please confirm), toys.


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Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis

MISSOURI

4746 Gravois Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63116

FZerb@aol.com

Phone: (314) 832-7790

Display of miniature works and collections for people of all ages.


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The Museum of the City of New York

NEW YORK

1220 5th Ave ( at 103rd Street) New York, NY 10029

Phone +1 212 534 1672

Of note: Ann Anthony’s Pavilion, Stettheimer House and others of note.


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The Strong National Museum of Play (known as “The Strong”)

NEW YORK

1 Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607

info@museumofplay.org

Phone 585 263 27000

Of note: Holds 250 Dolls Houses, 200 Miniature room settings. (No guarantee that they will all be on display all the time.) Bliss collection.


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The Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Centre

OHIO

Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH 43420 2796

Phone 419 332 2081

Of note: Hayes House, toys.


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Chester County Historical Society

PENNSYLVANIA

The History Centre, 225 N High Street, West Chester, PA 19380 2658

cchs@chestercohistorical.org

Phone 610 692 4800

Of note: Dolls House, Toys, Dolls.


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Shelburne Museum

VERMONT

6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne VT 05482

info@shelburnemuseum.org

Phone  802 985 3346

Of note: Ramshackle Inn, Dolls, Automata.


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The Dollhouse and Toy Museum of Vermont

VERMONT

212 Union Street, Bennington, Vermont

Phone 802 681 3767

Of note: Fully furnished and decorated recent collectors' dolls houses.


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Smithsonian Institute, The Museum of American History,

WASHINGTON DC

14th Street and Constitution Ave, NW Washington DC 20001

Phone (202) 633 1000

Of note: Roth House, 19th C Toys.


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Milwaukee Public Museum

WISCONSIN

800 West Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233 1478

Phone  Visitos Service 414 278 2751

Of note: Vogel House (please check) Milwaukee Handicraft Project, Models of Native American Houses.


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