It is a Dolls Museum with more than 1500 dolls from more than 95 countries.
The museum gives a sneak peek into the various cultures and traditions
of the world through the medium of dolls. The Rotary clubs across
the world have generously donated dolls to this museum. The vision
of such a museum was conceived by Rotarian Mr Deepak Agrawal in 2001.
The dolls are displayed in Theme Showcases which depict settings
of the countries from which these dolls hail and each showcase also
bears the flag of the country from which the doll has been sent.
Besides dolls, the museum also maintains permanent archives of documents
related to the dolls for the study and enjoyment of members and for
public viewing. Each showcase has on its side a write up about the
unique cultural and traditional information about the dolls.
The museum also has a Foreign Language Learning Centre where the
language Library has more than 40 foreign and 10 Indian Languages
that can be learnt by students using a self-paced computer based
learning mechanism. It came into being on October 2004. It helps
people who are traveling abroad for business or as tourists, students
aspiring to study abroad, or people who are simply interested in
studying a new language.
The museum also conducts workshops on dramatics and music, doll making,
sculpting competitions, dress designing, doll exchange programmes,
finishing school etc. There is a small cinema hall where children
can watch documentaries on inventions, culture, environment, folk stories,
fables etc from around the world.
One of the prominent attractions at the museum is the 'Rocking Zebra'
which is the pride of the Dolls Museum. It is unique in that there
are only five such
pieces all over the world.
There is also a souvenir shop at the museum where children can buy
small curios and toys including stickers of dolls, Doll T-shirts,
key chains with miniature
dolls, dolls for fill-in-colour books, stationery items, picture postcards,
coffee mugs, country flags, doll magnets, calendars etc.
The museum timings are Saturdays: 9.30a.m to 1.00pm & 3.30pm
to 7.30pm, Sundays: 9.30a.m to 1.00pm & 3.30pm to 8.30pm. The museum
remains closed on Mondays and the ticket window closes half-hour
before the museum time.
Contact Address :
Rotary Dolls Museum
Rajkot Nagrik Sahakari Bank Building,
Opp. Heera Panna Shopping Complex,
Dr. Yagnik Road, Rajkot 360 001, Gujarat