The Doll Museum was set up by the renowned political cartoonist, K Shankar Pillai (1902-1989). Shankar’s International Dolls Museum has one of the largest collections of costume dolls in the whole world. The museum has a floor area of 5,184.5 sq ft and occupies a portion of the first floor. There are about 6,000 dolls in Shankar’s International Dolls Museum, collected from over 85 countries. In one segment dolls from European countries, the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, etc. The other segment is dedicated to dolls from the countries of Asia, Middle East, Africa, etc. The Museum also comprises of a workshop and a Doll Designing Centre. Along with viewing, you can also buy dolls from this museum. The dolls are arranged in groups like Dances of India, Brides of India, Man and Woman etc. The museum is divided into two sections, one displaying dolls from Yugoslavia, Greece, Mexico, Thailand, Poland, South Korea, the United Kingdom, former USSR, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand. The other section is devoted to the Asian countries, the Middle East, Africa, and different states of India. Particularly attractive are the costume dolls from Rajasthan, Kashmir and KeralaIt was setup by K. Shankar Pillai, a political cartoonist.
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