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What makes this museum unique & exclusive?
The main elements which make this museum exclusive and unique are :

1 Museum with a difference
2 Unique features of Showcases
3 Theme Showcases

We have listed the unique features of doll collection here. And this is not all ….they are showcased to highlight these unique features to make them come alive !!!!
Read On for the Theme Showcases. click here

Museum with a difference
From Antiques to Astronauts
From Folk Dancers to Ball Dancers
From Blue Eyed to Black Haired
From Blondes to Brunettes
From Doll Houses to Palaces
From Queens to Shepherds
From Golfing to Skiing
From Main Iand to Islands
From Time Zones to Ianguages of the World
From Doll Tea Parties to Restaurant Parties
From Barbeque Cooking to Modern Kitchen Cooking
From Trams to Rockets
From Bicycles to Space Shuttles
From Spoons to Chop Sticks
From Ranches to Poultry Farms
From Big Ben to Hawaii Island
From Fields to Fishing
From String Puppets to Glove Puppets
From Collage of Fairy & Folk Tales to World Map
From Flag & Anthem of Countries to Culture and History of Countries
From Castles to Bridges
From Trains to Carts
From Fall Foliage to Snow Fall
From Spring to Summer, Seasons of Nature
From Einstein to Santa Claus
From Designer Dolls to Corn Husk Dolls
From Cuddly Babies to Old Age
From Wine Making to Wedding Processions.
From Brazilian Carnival to American Halloween Celebrations
From Porcelain to Paper Mache Dolls
From Wooden Dolls to Woolen knitted Dolls
From Grassland Cows to Desert Camels
From Harvest Celebrations to Royal Guard Parade
From Base Ball to Golf
From Painting to Piano
From Classroom to Playgrounds
From Various Planets to Various Shades of Sea Water
From Fishing Tools to Trekking Accessories
From Disney World to Mc Donald
From Mark Twain to Calvin Ripkin, Jr.
From Tour Guides to Info Kiosks
From Vintage to Beach Wear Barbies
From Witches to Dwarfs.
From Goldilocks to Little Red Riding Hood
From Rocks of Mt. Fuji to Fruit cart of Malaysia
From Forests to Farmlands
   
Unique features of Showcases
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A very tough decision to allow an Architect who works with buildings of brick & mortar to make this a special “Doll House”. After a thorough analysis, 2 young architects came ahead to make this possible in line with the vision of the Rotarians of Rajkot midtown. Mr. Nimit Kamdar and Ms. Shaili Trivedi.

The architects have designed each showcase of a different size and shape although all vertically or horizontally rectangular in shape. This is because, it is a well accepted fact that although all children are different, they have the same basic features of smile, love and happiness ! This diversity in the similarity is well designed by the interior designers of the museum. Architect Nimit Kamdar won his prize by winning an award for “Best Design” by the Indian Architectural Association. This is the prize for the work of love as the architect worked on this assignment only for love and contributed his talent to the Rotary project.

The most exciting feature of these showcases is that they have a mirror on the backside of each one. At an average height f a child, the child can see in the mirror and compare one’s facial features with that of the dolls placed. This is such a delight for children as they learn the differences in the facial features of dolls from various parts of the world and the tour operator explains the reasons of such differences.
Each showcase has on its side a stand with a write-up with illustrations on the unique cultural or traditional information that the donors have sent along with the doll.
Also at various spots well designed “Info Kiosks”, computers with touch screen monitors are kept for detailed information on any country, city or Continent, from its National Anthem to Year of Independence, from locating your favorite doll to check the time zone of the place from a doll has arrived.
Each doll is placed in the showcase with its country flag and also the tag of the Rotary Club from where it has been sent.
Read on for Theme Showcases…..
Theme Showcases
Dolls came from all over the world, some young, some old, some modern, some traditional, some tribal, some royal. Placing them merely as a doll was quite disturbing emotionally to our dear Doll Lover Rotarians.
To create the basic value of love, care and concern, we had to place these varieties of dolls in a very special manner in the Museum.
No architect or an interior designer can paint or build emotional values to any piece of their creation. Emotions, sentiments, values and culture are all brought in by the family with warmth and love. This transforms a house into a home. We wanted to do something similar and hence created theme showcases to house our dolls. As dolls are a replica of human beings, its culture and tradition, we have taken care of them as much as we would for a human being. Thus our dolls should have their kith & kin, ambience and environment, siblings and friends, books and toys, outdoor and indoor games and also an opportunity to “tour” the world as we all love to do for holidays.
Wonderfully this challenge had been accepted by a gifted artist Ms. Preeti Maniar, a painter & window dresser by profession. Her efforts had been supported by the constant help, designs and research work from Ms. Beena Sanghani & Ms. Minaxi Agrawal ( both wives of Rotarians of Rotary Club of Rajkot Midtown ). This team work has given an exclusive angel of “life” to the dolls in the museum.

Theme showcases have been crafted using indigenous material like wood pulp, wood saw dusts and paper mache. Prop accessories have been used made from eco-friendly bio-degradable materials made from wood, jute, palm fibers, coconut fibers & straw, dried grass & foliage, cotton, cotton wool, stones & bricks. Glass is used mainly for water mass like canals, lakes, sea & oceans. Stain glass painting is done by children for a replica of church, museum. Wax gel is used for shades of water in large water masses like sea / oceans. From these colored and transparent wax water masses one can also see small hand made wax fish below the “water” Simple battery operated machines are used for drawing water from well & tram. Electric connections are made for cooking fire & twinkling stars.

 

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