Shankar's International Dolls Museum, New Delhi

With its grand collection of dolls, Shankar's International Dolls Museum features over 160 display cases mounted on the walls, divided into two sections, and categorizing the dolls based on their place of origin. The items hail from the U.S., Europe, Australia, Asia, Middle East, and Africa. The collection also focuses on traditional Indian dolls, displaying over 150 artifacts dressed in unique traditional costumes that have been handmade at the museum workshop. Add Shankar's International Dolls Museum and other attractions to your New Delhi trip itinerary using our New Delhi driving holiday planning app .
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  • I consider this place as one stop place for taking one around the world, showcasing cultures of various countries and dresses. It has a very wide collection of more than seven thousand dolls, includin...  more »
  • Certainly interesting, kinda scary. Puppet has scary images? But it was too cute. European dolls are scary.
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  • Situated next to passport office. Nearest metro station - ITO, Incometax office. Ticket - Rs.25/- plus GST. Waiting for this visit for more than 10 years. At last, we visited on 28th December 2017. If...  more »
  • A very good place for children to enjoy, they surely will enjoy this place. Different types of dolls from different countries of the world are displayed here. Dolls of different gods, tribes, animals, people of different parts of the world can be seen here. Maximum 1 to 2 hours is enough to completely explore this museum. Few things which I did not like about this museum are: 1. I have visited this place three times and all times I have experienced very bad smell in this museum, which will make you very uncomfortable here and very difficult to spend even few minutes here. 2. There is no any canteen facility or cafeteria at this place. 3. You are not allowed to take photographs of any doll. 4. Lighting is not proper, lighting in the museum is little darker, so this place needs more lighting. 5. Ventilation is also not proper.
  • Loved the Collection. More than 7000 Dolls from over 80 countries. This place will be loved by both kids and adults of All age.. Since its just a museum.. spend good 40-50 minutes. Don't expect any other arrangements as few people have written about Tea/Coffee. This place share almost same entrance as ITO metro station. Drawbacks: Place lacks Creativity. With this kind of treasure, they should operate better. Dolls need cleaning. Even at some places Cotton kept in form of ICE has become all Black. Backgrounds are boring. Photography not allowed which is a Non sense. If people can be allowed photography, they can have more visitors.
  • Very beautiful place. Must visit with kids. It is like an educational tour for them. We cant explore the whole world or can we go to the history. But this museum gives an oppourtunity for us to know n understand the lives of people around the world. Very difficult to collect and maintain such a huge collection of may be more than 5000+ dolls, few more than 300yrs old.!!
  • They have dolls of almost every country. It is a really good place for kids to visit. There are a lot of things to learn. Everyone should visit there at least once in a lifetime . There is also national book trust publishing house book shop which has amazing books for children and also they organize courses to learn illustration.
  • India is a land of dolls. They are used as idols, props for stories, toys, and for a number of cultural purposes. Shankar’s International Dolls Museum in Delhi houses one of the largest collection of dolls in the country. The galleries of this museum include an impressive display of dolls from various parts of India and also from some 85 other countries. From Japanese Geisha dolls to Spanish Flamenco dancer dolls, from American farmer dolls to Thai Women’s Orchestra, the museum takes us on a tour of the world. The in house workshop also produces a number of Indian dolls in regional attire.
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