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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  • This should be a must visit place for every tourist visiting Delhi. It is Museum housing collections of dolls from all indian states and world over. All the dolls on display are nicely marked and the ...  read more »
  • This is good museum specially for girl child. Monday museum is closed so plan accordingly. U can spend nearly one hour Collection of dolls from different countries & different culture, nice placement....  read more »
  • A good place for a nice Sunday outing. It has very good collection of dolls from many countries all over the world. Kids and adults, who are kids at heart, will enjoy the visit. Its located just right...  read more »
  • Great concept, however the museum has been unchanged for many many years and now it's in a major need for an upgrade or maintenance. There is a huge stairway right at the entrance and there are no elevators or any other means for people with disability to access the museum. A good collection of dolls but not very well maintained.
  • I came here when I was around 9 or 10 years old. Concept is great but it's for only Doll Lovers like most Females are. Anyways the museum is great with kind of well maintainance.
  • A good place to visit with children. You can see some really beautiful dolls and small sized models from different countries of the world. You would be amazed to see how vivid are dolls here. Each doll represents something different. Dolls from different countries or states reflects the culture of their respective places. Complex needs some renovation, photography is also not allowed here.
  • A museum filled with hundreds of beautiful dolls collected from across the world by Mr. Shankar. Inside last gate in Nehru House, ITO.
  • The International Museum has every countries dolls with dresses, face colour, near bal bhawan, ITO. The Huge Collections of 6500 dolls are classified into two parts In One Dolls From European Countries such as UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand etc Other From Asian countries, Middle East, Africa and India. One is amazed to see the variety of sizes, types, colours, shapes and designs of different dolls. But the Building and Structure need Renovation . Must Visit for Kids . Camera is not allowed inside the museum.
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