Shankar's International Dolls Museum, New Delhi

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The International Dolls Museum is a large collection of dolls in Delhi, India. It was set up by K. Shankar Pillai, a political cartoonist. Housed in the Children's Book Trust building on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, accessed through a separate entrance, a winding staircase, leading up to a foyer. The museum has a floor area of 5184.5sqft and occupies a portion of the first floor.HistoryK. Shankar Pillai (1902–1989), noted cartoonist, set up Children's Book Trust, a pioneering work in the field of children’s literature in India, in 1957. Later, a gift of a doll from a Hungarian diplomat gave Shankar the idea of collecting dolls from countries he visited. He often held exhibitions for poor children, and at one exhibition in Delhi, among the hundreds of visitors were the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru accompanied by his daughter Indira Gandhi. Indira was inspired and together with Shankar set up an international museum for dolls, eventually materializing one November 30, in 1965.The principal collection consists of gifts from Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and many subsequent Prime Ministers, including Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. Also several embassies and diplomatic missions in Delhi gifted dolls to the museum. Visiting dignitaries like Madame Tito, Queen Frederika of Greece, the Queen of Thailand, the sister of Shah of Iran, the wives of Presidents of Mexico and Indonesia and many others gifted dolls representing their respective nations
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  • I'm habituated to explore various places, so during a weekend I along with my few friends wanted to visit Doll museum. We visited here and summed up in around 15 min. If you are with friends then don'...  more »
  • Private museum founded by a passionate, managed today by her daughter, including one of the most important collections in the world (7500 dolls). Very varied in styles, and representing all countries. A workshop built into the Museum the doll factory representative costumes from different Indian States, and a printing press publishes a newspaper for enf
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  • The museum could be easily reached by metro. One has to get down at ITO (violet line) and take the exit from gate no. 4. The exit comes out just at the entrance of the Shankar's dolls museum. The timi...  more »
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  • This is one of its kind and a unique museum. During my childhood, not sure how many times I would have gone there and every time it was a mesmerizing experience. Whenever anybody would visit us at home in Delhi, this would be one place we would mandatorily take them to. A must visit place for all in every age group and especially children.
  • My visit to the Shankar's International Dolls Museum was astounding. The dolls of almost all the big countries were present there but the most incredible one's were the Indian dolls. Really loved my visit to the same. Do visit it once.
  • You are not allowed to take pictures. It look like a room and not a museum. Small children will also get bored. On top of that you pay INR 17/- to see it.
  • Good collection of Dolls but small museum. kids will like it.
  • Great dolls if you wish to learn about life of stone age till 60s or 70s Now the place lives in past. Seems like nothing has been added to it since 70s. Millennials find it tough to connect with dolls after 3-4 displays