Rotary Midtown Dolls Museum
Museum / Gallery
#2 of 20 Places to Visit in Rajkot
Distance (From Rajkot Junction): 3 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour
Place Location: In Dr. Yagnik Road
Transportation Options: Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 3 km from Rajkot Junction, Rotary Midtown Dolls Museum is a museum situated in Dr. Yagnik Road, Rajkot. It is one of its kind museums in Gujarat and among the must visit Tourist places in Rajkot.
The Rotary Dolls Museum was set up in the year 2001 by Deepak Agrawal in order to provide children a place, where they could gain valuable knowledge about the world by the mode of fun and entertainment. This two floor museum exhibits more than 1,600 dolls from over 102 countries decked out in different attires. These dolls are generously donated by the Rotary Clubs across the world to the museum. The museum has earned a place in the Limca Book of Records for its unique collection of dolls.
Unlike most museums, the Rotary Midtown Dolls Museum gives an overview to the culture and traditions of the world at large through a medium of dolls. The dolls are displayed in Theme Showcases which depict settings of the countries from which these dolls hail along with the flag of that country. The main attraction of the museum is the 'Rocking Zebra', among the 5 in the world. Dolls depicting folk dance like bhangra and dandiya, blue-eyed Barbie, black-eyed Laila, string puppets, glove puppets, designer dolls, husk dolls, Santa Claus dolls, and Einstein dolls are the other highlights of the museum.
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.
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. The museum offers a perfect platform for kids to explore and learn history. There is also a souvenir shop at the museum where children can buy stickers, country flags, picture postcards, stationeries etc.
Timings: 9.30 AM - 1 PM & 3.30 PM - 7.30 PM, Closed on Monday
Entry Fee: Rs. 30 for Person & Rs. 35 for Camera