|Address||84-55 Ashinoyu Hakone-machi Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa 250-0523|
|Business Hours||10:00~18:00(17:30 last admission)|
|Regular Holiday||Open daily for 2016 Closed during January to March 2017|
A dollhouse is a miniature house with a standard scale of 1:12 compared to the real size. The first recorded dollhouse, dates back to the 16th century where a German Duke had a splendid dollhouse made by the artisans, for his small daughter. Since then, it became popular among the aristocrats. Soon, this trend spread to other countries; from Holland and England to across the seas in the United States. With the Industrial Revolution, they were increasingly mass-produced and became more standardised and affordable.
A dollhouse is a miniature piece of art. The art of the artisans. To make a miniature object which looks exactly the same as its natural state, is fundamental. We need knowledge, imagination and most importantly, love for the miniature.
The collection includes two of the world’s largest antique collections; Vivien Greene and Mott’s Miniatures. There are also works of Europe, USA and Japan.
Dollhouses’ pleasure are not only to “see” them. There is a joy of “collecting” dollhouses and we can “play” with them. We can also “make” them by ourselves. To make it, we need to “learn” about houses and culture and to learn, we have the joy of “travelling”. There are multiple ways to enjoy a dollhouse.
A dollhouse can be appreciated by men and women of all ages. We can enjoy the various pleasures with somebody else or by ourselves. This can potentially be a source of comfort and companionship; great for cultivation of aesthetic sensibility.
Here, we have a place to play with dollhouses and we will hold various kinds of workshops.
At the museum cafe, we serve drinks, muffins, parfaits, ice creams, etc,.
The ice cream (which is NOT miniature) is served in a silver cup.
|Price||Opening sale during 2016
Elementary school student 500yen
※Free for children before elementary school
※Group discount（From over 20 people） 20% discount
※People with disabilities and a companion 50% discount
|Credit Card||cash only|
|Access||By Train: From Odawara sta./ Hakone-Yumoto sta., take the bus bound for Sekisho-ato/Hakonemachi. Get off at Ashinoyu.
By car: From Tomei-Atsugi IC, Odawara-Atsugi road/via Hakone shindo, Ashinoko-Taikan IC, or Tomei-Gotenba IC via Sengokubara
※5 minutes drive from Ashinoko