Shankar's International Dolls Museum
Closed on Monday & National Holidays.
- Rs. 15/-For Adults,
- Rs. 5/- For Children
- Children in groups of 20 and more are admitted at concessional rates of Rs.3/- per child.
The Shankar’s International Doll Museum has one of the largest collection of costume dolls anywhere in the world, set up by the renowned political cartoonist, K.Shankar Pillai. A separate entrance, a stately winding staircase, leads up to a foyer. The museum is divided into two halves. The two sections have over 160 glass cases, 1000 ft. long, mounted on walls.
Dolls and exhibits from European countries, America, Australia, New Zealand, Commonwealth Of Independent States, Asian Countries, Middle east, Africa And India are showcased. There are also special displays besides a representative collection from the over 150 kinds of authentic Indian Costume dolls made at the Dolls Workshop attached to the Museum. Each doll is handcrafted after a meticulous research into the physical attributes, dress and jewellery of individual characters. The dolls won the first prize – Golden Peacock Feather-at the Dolls Biennale held in Cracow, Poland in 1980.
The Museum started with a thousand dolls. Between 1965 and 1987 another five thousand were added-a vast majority coming as gifts. Today the volume has increased to 6,500 exhibits from almost eighty five countries, truly giving it a international character.
dolls world!! Nov 30,2011my daughters enjoyed seeing all the different dolls from the different parts of the world....some of them are very old and vintage... They should put more new dolls on display...it was lil bit monotonous...as after sometime you start getting bored...need to put some fun activities and workshops to m...More
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