The International Dolls Museum is a large collection of dolls, which was set up by K Shankar Pillai, a political cartoonist. The collections of dolls are classified into two parts. One part consists of the dolls collected from western countries such as the United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, Commonwealth of Independent States, and the other section consists of dolls collected from other Asian countries, the Middle East, Africa, and India.
The main collection at the Dolls Museum is that of the 150 types of Indian costume dolls created at the workshop of the museum. The craftsmen at this workshop create dolls with the utmost perfection making a symphony of the physical features, costumes and ornaments. The collection includes characters from Kathakali, one of India's unique classical dances, with its lavish costumes. Other dolls of special interest are Boys and Girls festival dolls from Japan, replica Dolls of the Queen's collection (from the UK), Maypole Dancers from Hungary, Kabuki and Samurai dolls from Japan, Flamenco dancers from Spain, Women's Orchestra from Thailand, and Kandy Pehara from Sri Lanka.