Shankar's International Dolls Museum

Shankar's International Dolls Museum

Shankar's International Dolls Museum
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P. S. Datta
Kolkata (Calcutta), India104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2011
I went to Shankar's International Dolls Museum with my family members on 1st week of September, 2011. This is a gallery of good collection of costume dolls collected from Europian countries as well as Asian countries, middle east, Africa and obviously from India too. It is located on the First floor, Nehru House at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi. Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. and remains closed on every Monday. Etry fee is Rs.15.00 per adult and Rs.5.00 per child. We enjoyed going through the galleries of dolls one after another and played a game among ourselves. The game was one by one of us have to tell the name of the capital for every country name written over the galleries. Overall it was nice and good to spent 1 hour here but the gallery needs better maintenance in respect to cleaning of dirts from the dolls, functioning of AC at a regular interval and some of the dolls seems old too. After then we went to visit “Rashtriya Bal Bhawan” which is near the Shankar's International Dolls Museum. If you have kids you may spend 1 hour there and then your kids may also like to go to the “Rashtriya Bal Bhawan” which is located near the Shankar's International Dolls Museum and you may spend another 2 to 3 hours with your kids.
Written 28 February 2012
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Amrit K
10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
This place is full of dirty dolls which you may think have been snatched from children and have been put on show .The museum has dolls from different countries showcasing the culture and traditions of the country, but all of them are dirty and poorly maintained.The lighting of the museum is dull and no music which makes it really boring .
I think they don't allow photography because they think that if people see whats inside nobody's gonna come to visit them.
Children may enjoy the museum but for grown ups its a big NO NO.
Written 25 March 2018
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MARGDARSHI
Mumbai, India1,328 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
This museum is located in the premises of the Children`s Book trust at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg & is easily reached by Metro & bus.It was set up by the cartoonist Shankar Pillai in 1965 & soon became one of world`s largest collection of dolls more than 60000 of them from all the countries of the world with races from yellow,brown,black & white colored housed in about 160 glass cases here.

There are Barbie dolls,kings,queens,peasants,priests,jokers,witches,fairies & musicians all throbbing with life.You can wave at the little astronaut or a Kathakali,kuchipudi dancers & say hello to the famous Austrian composer Mozart ! You can admire the Spanish gypsy perform the Flamenco dance,an Afro-American playing the trumpet in Harlem & the Kabuki dancer of Japan! The other highlights are the Russian hunter riding a sledge in Siberia,Norwegian witch riding a broom & Balkan women carrying a chicken on her head!

There is also making workshop where one can see the craftsmen fashioning the beautiful dolls.There is also a `Clinic`for treating sick dolls who are then restored after repairing & treating them! It is one of the most renowned doll museum in Delhi & the world & worth a visit with kids.
Written 12 April 2015
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Michael
New Delhi, India9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
It was my wife's wish to visit the Doll museum on her Birthday...

Its a great place to visit to get an idea of a bygone era of dolls...

My favorite is the section with Japanese Dolls!!!

Though i wish they looked after it more properly...

Many of the The dolls are covered with dust, if the dust, Humidity and lighting is not corrected they will all loose their look and even get faded...
Written 25 March 2015
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rggg
Mumbai139 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Family
Most of the dolls are very old. It's a good collection but not very well maintained. Technology hasn't touched the place yet. You get a feeling that you are in 1980s watching Doordarshan. Kids (till 10 years) though will enjoy it a bit. Tamilnadu dolls are best of the lot (always in constant motion). You can visit if you have small kids & lots of time to kill. It's closed on Mondays. Ticket price is 17 Rs per adult. If you are visiting Delhi for 3-4 days then you can give it a miss as there are lots of other things to cover.
Written 23 March 2015
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ramanrajagopalan
Bengaluru, India19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We never knew this place until we were in Delhi. It is an excellent place to visit. We took Delhi metro and got down at pragati maidan station and took an auto from there. There was some construction going on near the museum and hence sidewalk is closed partially. Ticket price is very nominal. Pictures are not allowed inside the museum. It is a one way in and one way out so it was easy. The museum houses dolls from all countries of the world from different time periods. Excellent collections. All dolls are very neatly arranged inside the glass case. They followed a specific order. Overall doll museum is worth the time if you are in Delhi. Toilet facilities are available. One drawback was their marble staircase is very slippery when getting down. I slipped on the staircase and got hurt. Please exercise caution. They should provide some friction at each stair ends.
Written 19 April 2015
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Attul Handoo
New Delhi, India153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
Good place for kids as well adults. Ticket cost is Rs 25 for Adults and Rs 20 for kids.
There are collection from almost each and every country in the world depicting there clothing styles, rituals, habits. There are sections of each country which are well preserved.
Written 11 June 2019
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Amolak Rattan K
New Delhi, India2,987 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
My friends took their grand children and persuaded me to go there again. There are a lot of different dolls from different countries and every part of India. You will admire the quality and beauty of different dolls. But unfortunately maintenance is not very good. They have to improve this place.
Amolak Rattan Kohli
Former Governor of Mizoram
Written 29 March 2019
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Alok V
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Family
It was a long due to visit to Dolls's museum since we relocated to Gurgaon. My Little 3 years daugher was specially very excited to visit. So we made a plan few days back. There is a nominal fee of Rs.17/- for the adults. I must say that my little one loved the place with the variety of dolls. Dolls museum gives us a glimpse of the world and different cultures by Dolls. A good place to visit in the afternoon as the outdoor sites of Delhi get very hot under sun.
Written 11 March 2015
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inderjeetkaur
Janakpuri, India58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Family
The dolls are beautiful and there is whole range of collection of dolls from most parts of the world. The ambience is neat and tidy but the dolls are not maintained very well
Some of the themes are outstanding and the kids especially the girls love their dresses and accessories
Written 29 July 2013
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