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Temporary Exhibit in the entire museum


Poster of the exhibit
"Par amour pour les poupées"
October 14, 2008 - March 15, 2009

The best dolls of the Odin collection !


The best dolls of the Odin collection will be exhibited, untill March 15, 2009, in the entire museum.

-------------- Exhibition of the best dolls of the Odin collection

Each room will be dedicated to a type of doll. About a 1000 dolls will be presented in old Paris settings.

---- Room 1 : lady dolls, 1800-1939

Dolls have long been used by adults in the upbringing of children. The model given by lady dolls was the one of the adults. The role of the doll was to show esthetical canons, to reflect fashion and transmit good behaviour precepts. These refined fashion dolls still remain the best today.

Jumeau fashion doll
Victor Clément fashion doll, 1868

---- Room 2 : Bebes and mignonnettes, 1875-1899

During the last quarter of the XIXth century, the child like dolls developped. The fully articulated body baby and the pocket dolls and mignonnettes then represented the child proportions and fashion. This period is also the one of the great development of the doll industry in Europe.

Jumeau Bébé Français
photo Jean Dalmard

Bru Bébé, Chevreau period, 1883
photo Jean Dalmard

French Mignonnettes in a living room
photo Jean Dalmard
French Mignonnettes, 1885
photo Jean Dalmard

---- Room 3 : Dolly face and character dolls, 1900-1939

As soon as the beginning of the XXst century, doll makers produced more realistic dolls.
In Germany as well as in France, character babies were very popular. The babies with new born face were also very succesfull at that same time.

SFBJ doll

Bruno Schmidt doll

Marmand Marseille and SFBJ Googies, 1910
photo Jean Dalmard
SFBJ rêvé doll


---- Room 4 : cloth dolls, 1900-1939

The golden age of the european cloth doll ocured between the two World Wars. Ordinary fabric, felt, silk, velvet and other types of cloth inspired the doll makers. They created softer and sweeter dolls corresponding to the expectations of pedagogues.

Felt dolls by La Nicette
Raynal doll, 1930l
photo Jean Dalmard


---- Room 5 : paper dolls, 1830-1939

Since printing exists, dolls have also been created in paper. These delicate figurines had wardrobes that children could cut out and sometimes colour. Dolls have also appeared on chromos, postcards and illustrations in children's book.

First "Psyché" paper doll, 1834
"Psyché" paper doll, 1850

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-------------- "Fascinating dolls from the Musée de la Poupée-Paris", a reference book


On the ocasion of this exhibit, the museum publishes an intimate and documentary book (in English) that shows more than 700 dolls of the Odin collection exhibited at the Musée de la Poupée. Each of the 6 chapters presents a different cathegory of dolls.

Chapter 1 : lady dolls

Chapter 2 : XXst century bebes

Chapter 3 : mignonnettes

Chapter 4 : XXst century bebes

Chapter 5 : character dolls
Chapter 6 : cloth dolls


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Around the exhibit...





Special exhibit workshop for children "Making of a jumping jack"

Workshops to make a jumping jack are scheduled, every Wednesday, for children from 4 to 10 years old. They will choose the model, draw, cut, assemble and then decorate.

With reservation 01 42 72 73 11





Tale sessions for children

Story telling sessions related to the temporary exhibit are given for children from 3 years old, every
Wednesday and a Saturday out of two.

With reservation 01 42 72 73 11






Educational tours of the museum for children and families

The museum has set up educational tours especially for children of 5 and over and their parents every
Wednesday and a Saturday out of two. These tour begin by handling dolls' parts from various periods and end with a visit in the permanent rooms.

With reservation 01 42 72 73 11





Birthday party with dolls

Have your birthday party with your friends and dolls.
unguided tour with an educational questionnaire or educational tour + cake (not provided) + story time or workshop

Adjustable package, on Wednesday and Saturday
with reservation 01 42 72 73 11.





How much is my doll worth ? Doll appraisals

How much is my doll worth ? When was it been made ? When? By whom ?... M. Odin, director of the museum and specialist in dolls will answer publicly all your questions, on presentation of your doll after your visit to the museum.

A Saturday per month, with reservation 01 42 72 73 11





A specialized shop – bookstore

The Museum’s shop is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm, and is also available on this website.

Play dolls and collectible dolls, clothes and accessories, as well as a wide range of books and products are for sale.






A doll hospital and appraisals

The Museum’s doll hospital repairs antique dolls, baby dolls, plush animals... and makes appraisals.
Veronique Derez, our doll doctor, is usually there 2 Thursdays/month from 1 pm to 4 pm but you can come from Tuesday to Saturday for a free estimate of the repairs on presentation of the sick dolls or plush animal.


For appraisals and doll identity card, with charge, an appointment is required on presentation of the object.





Antique haberdashery for dolls

Antique haberdashery are available for sewing fans : patterns, fabric, ribbons, laces...





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Next exhibit from March 28 to September 20, 2009




Temporary exhibits exhibited elsewhere


"Sweet teddy bear" from November 20 to December 20, 2008
at the MJC, 74500 Evian

"Funny Urika dolls " on November 26, 2008
at the Toymania show, Palais des Congrès de Paris

"French plush animals" November 29 and 30, 2008
at the doll show, 91605 Savigny/Orge

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