Tbilisi Dolls’ Museum was founded in 1937 by Georgian children writer Tinatin Tumanishvili. Museum had been robbed in the end of the past century and closed for 16 years. Only in 2008 the museums was opened.
Collection consists of more than 3000 dolls – exponents’ of XIX-XX centuries from India, China, Japan and many more European countries. Collection is consisting mainly from one and only exemplar, created by local craftsman especially for the museum.
Exponents are divided on ethnographic dolls, dolls-marionette, mechanical musical dolls, dolls made from porcelain, wood, ivory and even pumpkin. Remarkable is the fact that it is possible to replace some parts: head wear, shoes, musical instrument.
The most favorites’ are dolls-marionette “Beduin”, “Amorous airplane”, “Young lady with pearl ear rings” and of course – moving, mechanical dolls. Some of them have personal names such as pianist Eliso or Marine, blowing soap bubbles. Musical orchestra, playing on chunguri, dancers performing Flamenco,
Red Indian Chief, “Dancing girl from the East” – unique dolls from the 40 countries all over the world is the pride of the museum.