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Permanent Galleries Redesigned: more than 500 antique and collectible dolls !

It was 22 years ago that we founded the Musée de la Poupée–Paris…! 35 years that we have been passionately involved with the marvelous world of doll collectors. We always dreamt that this private organization, that we wanted to be independent, and which has existed until today without any public or private aid, would be able to survive us and become the final display for our collection and our document library. Today we are aware that that dream will not be able to be fulfilled in this location that we do not own. We have had the opportunity over these years to be in a charming location in the heart of an historic area of manufacturing shops, but this neighborhood has become too expensive for a small private museum like ours to prosper there. Therefore, the only permanent museum dedicated to the preservation of the culture of dolls in Paris is embarking upon a new phase in its evolution as we envision leaving this location in the near future. Thus, a new layout for our organization will be unveiled.
With the next reopening, the heart of the Odin collection will be permanently displayed in four galleries of the museum, renovated for this occasion. The other innovation will be found in our exposition space dedicated to thematic subjects. As of now, for the first time, we will present objects that will be available for sale. Yes, yes, finally a museum that makes its objects available to the collectors. A way that we have chosen to pass the baton to other collectors, who at the end of the day, are the necessary players in the preservation of this shared patrimony, too often neglected by public institutions. The title chosen for our reopening exhibit is full of hope for the future: “Betting on Dolls”. This exhibition will include a selection of dolls and quality objects from our reserves and from other private collections that have been entrusted to us so that they might be dispersed to a discerning clientele, who will appreciate the interest of the collection. While we wait to find a buyer for our lease and for new opportunities to develop our collection elsewhere, the adventure continues with the expectation of leaving Impasse Berthaud. But for now, numerous projects are “bubbling in our pot”: temporary exhibitions in other locations, publications, study voyages, lots of research, and over all, new teaching rendez-vous in the four corners of the world, all in order to continue to instruct enthusiasts about the history of the doll, to aid them in refining their collections and to attract new audiences to this exciting world.

Guido and Samy Odin

Permanent Galleries Redesigned

Established in June 1994 at the end of a small flowery alleyway mere steps from the Pompidou Centre, this private museum is located in the heart of the historic toy district, home to the oldest manufacturers of novelties and children’s toys.

The revised permanent exhibits contain more than 500 dolls created from 1800 to 1959, in the original sets used in 1994, signed by Italian artist Giò Golia (1906-1992).

These four permanent galleries address the history of Western dolls in a way such that visitors, whatever their age, gender or specific interest in the topic, will be amply rewarded.

A “discovery game” enables children to learn about the dolls’ that belonged to their ancestors. Adults ask questions focusing on key objects that help to explain this universal toy’s evolution. A free audio guide is available for the adults that will rediscover their childhood memories, as well as those of their parents and grandparents, thereby developing an appreciation of how these toys reflect civilization’s progression. Lovers and collectors of toys transcend the dolls’ immediate physical nature as objects and appreciate them in the context of history.

Free museum audioguide

The Museum offers a free audioguide in French and English by Samy Odin, founder of the museum.…

How does it work? It’s very easy:
download the app izi.TRAVEL on your smartphone before your visit and listen to Samy Odin telling you about the story of the museum, dolls and also the museum shop, the dolls and plush hospital, activities…

This app is free and also works out of connection and is available on App Store, Google play and Windows Phone Store.

To see films about the museum…

Permanent rooms of the museum

Room 1

The XIXth Century

Room 2

The begining of the XXst Century

Room 3

The XXst Century (inter-war period)

Room 4

the XXst Century (Post WWII)


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Adult : 8 €
Student (12-25 years old) : 6 €
Unemployed : 6 €
Senior (+de 65 years old) : 6 €
Child (3-11 years old) : 4 €
Handicapped : 4 €

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