Location:In the building of the Children's Book Trust, 4 Nehru
House on the main Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, near ITO
to Visit:Tuesday-Sunday, Monday closed
Preferred Timings: 10.00 am to 5.30 pm
Admission Fee:Adult/child: INR 10/5
Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points
within the city to reach this museum or they can hire auto-rickshaws
and taxis or metro rail.
Nearest Railway Station: New Delhi Railway Station
Nearest Metro Station: New Delhi
Functional Metro Station: New Delhi
Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
required for sightseeing: Approx 50 minutes
Set up in
1965 in the building of Children's Book Trust, Shankar's International
Dolls Museum or Delhi Dolls Museum has today over 6500 dolls on
display representing the social life and culture of over 85 countries
of the world. Inaugurated by the President of India, Dr. S.
Radhakrishan and named after its creator, the renowned political
cartoonist, K Shankar Pillai, the museum has one of the largest
collections of costume dolls in the world. Started with just thousand
dolls, the museum is quite popular with Indian citizens and foreign
dignitaries because of its large number of variety of exhibits. The
museum is at present is divided into two sections. One section house
exhibits from European countries, the USA, Australia and New Zealand
and some other countries while the other section has exhibits from
Asian countries like India, the Middle East and Africa.
in their respective regional costumes, the dolls represent the social
life, culture, climate and folklore of the region or place they come
from. Thus, the museum can aptly be described as the confluence or
meeting place of various acculturations and social life of the world.
Of all the exhibits, nearly one-third of the total number of dolls
belongs to different parts of our country showcasing India's vast and
varied social life and tradition.
all the dolls displayed in the museum are attractive and worth viewing
but still there are some dolls that deserves a special mention. Among
the Indian ones, the costume dolls of Kerala, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu
and that of some ethnic tribes should not be missed. A 250 year-old
doll from Switzerland, the Kabuki Dancer of Japan, costume doll from
Bulgaria, Indonesia's bridal pairs, Australian Maoris, Mexican
Aborigines and dolls from African countries are worth giving a second
look. The overall outlook of these dolls speaks a lot about their
region's cultural history, their mythologies and folklore. Apart from
these there are also special displays in the museum based on specific
themes like Mahatma Gandhi's Dandi March, a forest scene, a Kathakali
dance, man on moon and many other ones that attracts the visitants.
museum also has a Dolls Workshop and a Dolls Designing Center of its
own, which makes Indian dolls with accurate details. A lot of research
is put in and the minutest details are taken care off like features,
dress, jewellery and posture when a doll is made. There is an
interesting collection just near the museum of over 150 kinds of
authentic Indian costume dolls made at Dolls Workshop. The museum
provides the facility of exchanging unique dolls and also sells in
India and abroad.