The Dolls Museum was set up in 1974 by Shrimati Bhagwanibai Gauridutt Sekhsaria Charitable Trust. Over the years, the museum fell into neglect and the condition of the dolls deteriorated. It was in the year 2014 that S.S. Bhandari, a chartered accountant from Jaipur, along with a group of dedicated citizens renovated the museum and overtook the restoration of dolls with the help of art conservator Rashmi Sharma. Shivani Sethia, London, and Rotary Club, Japan have donated English puppets and Japanese dolls to the museum respectively.

The doll collection of the museum displayed in five galleries is from about 40 different countries. The new wing of the museum, Savita Ranjit Singh Bhandar, is named after Bhandari’s parents. The museum houses Indian state dolls displayed in special apparel reflecting bridal wear, everyday clothing, and dance costumes. The traditional doll collection from Japan, most of which is made from wood, includes Kokeshi dolls, Namahage dolls, Kamakura dolls, Kanto Matsuri dolls, and Tanabata dolls. Dolls made from paper and whale teeth from Japan are also on display. Dolls adorning traditional attire from other countries such as Mexico, Italy, Turkey, Norway, Peru, Uganda, Burgundy, Mongolia and more attract visitor’s attention. The museum also has a section of English puppets and handcrafted wooden toys.

 

Category
Arts and Crafts,
Established
1974
Opening Days
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Visiting Hour
09:00 - 16:00
Entry Fee
No, ₹ 10 Children
₹ 10 Indian citizen
₹ 50 Foreign tourist
Average duration
1-2 hours
Facilities
Managed by
Non-profit Organization,
Docent Guide
No
Person In-charge
Other, Shrimati Pukhraj ,
Email
bhandariss@hotmail.com
Phone
+91 (141) 2619359, +91 (141) 2614870
Additional facilities
There is no formal guide tours for the museum. The caretaker of the museum can take visitors around.