Phila Doll Museum

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Welcome to the Phila Doll Museum

About Us

The Philadelphia Doll Museum, located on the 2200 block of North Broad Street along the Avenue of the Arts, has over 300 black dolls in its collection. The Museum provides a resource library of information and documentation which highlights the story of how black people have been perceived throughout world history. The collection includes African, Europeans, American Folk Art dolls, the renowned Roberta Bell Doll Collection, American and internationally manufactured dolls and more.

Information

 

Under the direction of Barbara Whiteman, the museum is the only known museum in the nation that emphasizes the collection and preservation of black dolls as artifacts of history and culture.

Hours
Thursday – Saturday 10am4pm
Sundays 12pm4pm

Admission
$4 adults
$3 seniors/students and children (under 12)
Group rates and tours are available
Call (215) 787-0220 for more information

Mission

 

The Philadelphia Doll Museum was established in 1988 as an educational and cultural resource institution, dedicated to preserve doll history and culture by presenting the art of doll making and collecting through seminars and lectures; to provide a resource library of information for doll research and the documentation of printed material, photographs, and audio recording; to develop and sponsor with other museums, cultural centers and organizations, exhibit exchange and educational workshops

Services

The Philadelphia Doll Museum provides the following presentations and lectures to schools, churches, and cultural organizations

 

Lectures

The history of Black Dolls

The Black Doll as a teaching tool

Workshops

Paper Doll Making workshops and Clothes Pin Doll workshops For Children

Cloth Doll Making workshops for Adults

Other Activities

 

Philadelphia Doll Society is an informal adult doll club for doll collectors and doll makers.

Goals

 

To preserve doll history and culture by presenting the art of doll making and collecting through seminars and lectures.

To provide a resource library of information for doll research and the documentation of printed material, photographs, and audio/video recordings. To develop and sponsor with other museums, cultural centers and organizations exhibits, exchanges, and educational workshops.

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Contact Us

The Philadelphia Doll Museum
2253 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19132

Phone: (215) 787 – 0220
Fax: (215) 787 – 0226

Email: bwhiteman@philadollmuseum.com