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 doll museums as well as some that are off the beaten track. The list is organized with United States museums first, listed alphabetically by state, and then by country.
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 Heritage and Science Park, 7th and Monroe St., SW Corner, 602 E. Adams, Phoenix, Arizona 85004, 602-253-9337
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
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, Colorodo 80206
Contains doll exhibity "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: 785-460-4590
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
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
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
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 all on display; the current toy and doll exhibit is only open Tuesday through Friday.
1220 Fifth Avenue @ 103rd St. New York, New York 10029, 212-534-1672
Originally the Toy and Doll Museum of New York, the museum is now located at 157 Montague Street, 2nd Floor in Brooklyn Heights with other locations for temporary exhibits. The museum's collection includes some dolls, teddy bears and dollhouses.
The Toy Museum of New York, 157 Montague Street, Brooklyn Heights, New York 11201 718-243-0820
The Doll and Miniature Museum of High Point was formerly the Angela Petersen Doll and Miniature Museum. The museum "collects, preserves, and exhibits dolls, dollhouses and miniatures."
The Doll and Miniature Museum of High Point, 101 West Green Drive, High Point, North Carolina 27260 336-885-3655