You can discover different types of dolls from bisque through to rubber, celluloid, porcelain or even plastic and these are displayed chronologically, which also helps to provide a greater understanding of how things changed in their production over the years and the earliest dolls date from the start of the 1800s.
And in addition to the large selection of French dolls, there are exhibits from all over the world and you will that there are approximately 200 dolls on display that were hand made during the 19th century.
However, temporary themed exhibitions also take place here every year and the 2013 display relates to ethnic dolls and workshops are also organised around the temporary exhibitions, such as making your own Worry Doll, which in Mayan tradition, the doll would take away your worries before you woke up in the morning.
The Muse de la Poupee also has one of the finest collections of antique dolls in the world and is a delight to see for both children and adults, but there is more to this place than just being another unique museum in Paris.
Workshops and Clinic at the Musee de la Poupee Doll Museum
In fact, there are several different types of workshops designed for children and adults, with some of these being run every week, whilst others are on set days and relate to the temporary exhibitions. And these range in price depending upon the activity with an average cost of around €10 to €14 per child, which includes the entrance fee, but many of these do have to be booked in advance due to the limited number of places available. Yet childrens birthday parties can also be catered for, with a variety of different activities on offer depending upon the age of the child.
There are also activities for adults including seminars conducted by Samy Odin, the director of the Musee de la Poupee museum, plus with his specialist knowledge, Samy also provides doll appraisals and valuations.
You can take your own doll along to the museum and find out what type of doll you have, how old it is and he will give you a valuation, and all this, including the entry cost to the museum is only around €15 as of 2013, which is the same cost for a seminar or doll identification. However, we would like to point out that reservations do need to be made.
In addition to this service, if you have a damaged doll or even a teddy bear that needs repairing, there is a clinic, known as the doll hospital, and if you want to know in advance whether the item is going to be repairable you can send them a picture for confirmation. Then, once you get to the Musee de la Poupee during the museum opening hours with your doll or teddy bear, you will be provided with a free estimate for the cost of repairs, and no appointment is actually necessary for this.
There is also a wide variety of spares from eyes and bodies, through to lace, ribbons, etc that can be purchased, along with a shop supplying numerous different items, gifts and books on the subject of dolls.
Access to the Musee de la Poupee Museum in Paris
The Doll museum is open on a Tuesday to a Saturday from 10am through to 6pm, however, it is always closed on a Sunday, Monday and on all French holidays, and the shop is open at the same times as the museum, except for a Saturday when it closes for lunch.
As of 2013 the cost of entry is €8 for an adult, children from 12 years upwards or students under 25 upon presentation of proof get a reduced rate of €6, as do those over the age of 65. However, children aged up to 11 or the disabled get a further reduction of only €4, but it is free entry for all individuals on the second Friday of the month between 10am and noon.
You may also be pleased to know that the Musee de la Poupee holds the Tourism and Handicap label and therefore has wheelchair access and just by the museum there is a space for a car as a drop off pick up point for wheelchair users.
Located in the Beaubourg area of Paris in the 3rd Arrondissement in a dead end road, this museum in Paris is very close to the famous Pompidou Centre and the fountains by its side along with the Anne Frank Garden. And just a slightly further walk away is the Musee d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaisme and the hunting and nature museum called the Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature.
And the nearest Metro station is called the Rambuteau on line 11, however if you are travelling on the RER you would need the Chatelet - Les Halles stop and by bus you would need the numbers 29, 38, 47 or 75.
Address and Contact Details
Musee de la Poupee
Near 22 Rue Beaubourg
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 42 72 73 11
Fax: +33 1 44 54 04 48
Tourist attractions close by
- Musee de la Chasse et de Nature
- Rose Bakery
- Jardin Anne Frank
- Musee des Archives Nationales
- Square Georges Cain
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Musee de la Poupee Antique Doll Museum
This small doll museum in Paris has one of the finest collections of antique dolls in the world, yet it also has temporary themed exhibitions, provides workshops, activities and parties for children, along with evaluations and repairs on antique dolls and teddy bears.
About the Musee de la Poupee Museum in Paris
The Musee de la Poupee museum in Paris was first opened back in 1994 within the historical district of doll makers, by a father and son team called Guido and Samy Odin, who are two collectors of dolls and experts in the field of antique dolls.
Originally started with their own collection of antique dolls, Guido, and his son Samy who is now the director of the museum, have around 500 antique dolls on display at any one time, which includes many from donations, and these are displayed in respect of when they were produced along with pieces of furniture, accessories and toys from the same period of time.