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June 4 to september 25, 2005

Poster of the exhibit
Housekeeping for dolls
miniature everyday life objects

Housekeeping for dolls ----------

What do we mean by housekeeping for dolls ?

This means all the everyday life objects at the scale of dolls. A wide range of industrial toys at the scale of children have been produced :

Porcelain tea sets, dolls’ tea sets, cutlery and fine glassware, copper or enameled kitchen utensils, stoves, gas cookers and ovens, irons and ironing boards, boilers, washing machines and clothes pegs, vacuum cleaners, feather dusters and cleaning accessories, refrigerators, sewing machines and sewing sets, grocery stores filled with dummy products at the shops’ scales, ventilators, as well as the clothing matching with these activities such as aprons that have changed a lot through times…

Stove and copper kitchen utencils

Holly Hobby kitchen

Seewing machines

Ad published in "Lisette"

porcelain tea set

Dresser and enameledutensils

Grocery store

Illustration of a grocery

laundry accessories

Cleaning accessories


Ironing advices

Vacuum cleaner

Various accessories

Dummy fishes

Dummy food

Dolls have always been surounded by every day life objects and above all housekeeping materials. These toys have had a main role in the little girls’ education and in their imitation games.

Housekeeping, education and society ----------

Until the end of the 1970 the little girls’ education passed through the learning of the tasks and duties of a good housekeeper : to be good with her hands at sewing, to cook like a cordon bleu, to clean as an ideal homemaker, to receive for lunch like a queen…

This apprentice used to be made naturally through games with dolls and toys reflecting the objects used every day by mothers and nannies.

"Modes et travaux" magazine

"Lisette" magazine

Still today, after the feminist movements, even if girls are less confined in that type of activities, children spend a lot of time imitating their mothers cooking for lunch, washing dishes or cleaning…

Housekeeping has always been part of the education of little girls and has also reflected the society’s evolutions and the technological advances : from casting iron to electrical iron, the discovery of the first refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, washing machines…

Plastic materials progressively replaced the traditional materials used until the Second World War like porcelain for dolls’ teasets, metal for utensils.

An original exhibit ----------

The Musée de la Poupée-Paris reveals, by this new temporary exhibit, the variety of housekeeping for dolls and the image they reflect of our society from Second Empire until today.

More than a 1000 objects will be presented with about 100 dolls coming from the Museum’s stocks, private collections or loans by today’s toys makers such as Au Sycomore, De fil en image, Hermann Teddy Original, Moulin Roty, Petitcollin, Reutter Porzellan, Ulysse.

Illustration by Camo

Illustration by Camo

Illustration by Camo

This exhibit is aimed at yesterday’s children, collectors and fans of dolls’ tea sets and miniature household appliances. Nostalgic people will remember their domestic toys and will share their pleasure with today’s children using the same games…

Around the exhibit...

Guided tour

Samy Odin, director of the museum and designer of the exhibit, gives a guided tour of the exhibit.

Price (Museum + guided tour) : 8
with reservation 01 42 72 73 11
Thursday 22, September - 5PM
Please note to arrive 3/4 of an hour before the conference to have time enough to visit the Museum.

Tales for children : ideal homemakers

After the visit of the museum, continue the trip in the world of housekeeping while listening to stories...

Wednesday 4.30PM - with reservation 01 42 72 73 11
visit + tale, lasting about 1h30 - 3 to 10 years old -
Prices (museum + tales) : 10€ - 8€ - 7€

Workshops for children : making of faux boxes and food

Workshop of an hour for children from 6 to 10 on the housekeeping theme. Children will make faux food boxes in paper and faux food in Fimo clay.At the end of the workshop, children can visit the exhibit and the museum.

Thursdays 7, 21, 28 of July and 4, 11, 18, 25 of August from 10.30 AM to 11.30 AM
Price : 10 € (workshop + visit of the museum) - Material provided
Limited number of children : 5 to 10 - With reservation 01 42 72 73 11

Drawing contest : "draw me a household accessory for dolls"

Draw on a A4 page a housekeeping accessory for dolls inspired by those you have seen in the exhibit.
The drawings will be exhited at the Museum from August 1 to September 25, 2005.

Contest for children from 5 to 12 years old.
Drawings are to be sent before July 31. Please write on the back : name, adress and tittle.
The 3 winners will receive the posters of the Museum and of the exhibit.

A specialized shop – bookstore

The Museum’s shop opened at the same time as the Museum's rooms is available on this website.

You will find play dolls as well as collectible dolls, clothes and accessories and a wide range of books and products.

Many items related to housekeeping are available during this exhibit.

A doll hospital

The Museum’s doll hospital repairs antique dolls, celluloïd babies, plushes... and gives doll appraisals.
Veronique Derez, our doll doctor, is usually at the Museum on Thursday from 11 am to 4 pm but you can of course come any other day for an estimate.

Free estimate of repair costs made on presentation of the sick doll. Appraisals with reservation only.

A sewing shed for dolls

The sewing shed makes clothes for dolls on measure. Isabelle Banon, our
seamstress remains at your disposal on Tuesday afternoon to examine your projects and talk needlework.

Free estimate on presentation of the doll.

From October 4, 2005 to January 15, 2006

Bye-byes baby :
babies and newborn dolls, 1855-2005

Please clic on the tittle of the exhibit for more information

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