Susan Quinlan Doll Museum
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Largest collection of dolls & teddy bears in 150 display cases
and the largest research library of related books in the world

 

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Quinlan Annual Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Convention

For details and registration at this Museum sponsored event, click HERE.

Why Visit This Museum?

What makes this Museum unique in the world of dolls and teddy bears? No other museum in the world offers all of these features and attractions:
• One of the largest doll museums in the U.S.
• Largest teddy bear museum in the U.S.
• Largest doll and teddy bear library in the world
• Most frequent visitor response: “I need to come back. There is just so much to see.”
• Admission includes option of a personally conducted tour by the owner, Susan Quinlan
• Free tea and coffee after viewing the Museum Galleries
• Hand-painted wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor murals
• Voted “best display cases”
• Handicapped accessible
• One of the best educational websites

News & Events

Major Museum Expansion – Why It Took Two Years

After being closed for two years, the Susan Quinlan Doll & Teddy Bear Museum is  now open again. To read about the horrific journey they encountered to expand their  number of display cases from 80 to 150 cases, click HERE.

Museum’s First Revolving Display

Since 2005 the museum only had room for permanent displays. There was no room for revolving displays where the content of the cases could be changed periodically with new dolls and teddy bears that were sitting in storage. With the new cases recently installed, there is a large section of cases used entirely for revolving displays. The first revolving display is called “Toys of Our Childhood” that covers toys of the 20th century. The display is based on the toys that have been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong Museum, and includes additions from the Quinlan Museum collection.

New Doll & Teddy Bear Artist Section

There is also another section among the new cases reserved for displaying artist dolls and teddy bears. Most visitors to the museum have never heard of one-of-a-kind dolls and teddy bears that are made mostly by women artists. Now they can see in one place a heavy concentration of pieces made by many of the best doll and bear artists in the world. It is an art gallery within a museum. If you are inclined to support an industry that is dominated by women, this would be a good one to get behind. Drop into the museum anytime it is open and Susan Quinlan will be happy to give you a crash course on artist dolls and teddy bears. One distinct advantage to collecting the work of contemporary artists is that you can actually meet them and discuss their work and their inspirations with them. The best place to really learn about them, to meet the artists in person, and to see the largest display of their work in the world, is to attend the Quinlan’s Annual Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Convention in Philadelphia April 12-14, 2018.

What People Said About Their Visit to the Museum

My Fondest Doll & Teddy Bear Memories

In the early 1960's the doll house at the Smithsonian was ever fascinating to me. I lived in Virginia and relished every visit to it. Another time there was a miniature exhibit, I believe at the FBI building, and it had doll items, etc. among its treasures. I always remember one exhibit you saw through a magnifying glass and it was bride and groom fleas with the bride dressed up in a full white gown and the groom in a tuxedo. Moving across the country the Chicago Museum doll house was unbelievable to see with books signed by famous authors, diamond chandeliers…! Coming to Santa Barbara (SB) and seeing the Susan Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear Museum was a dream come true. There were so many beautiful dolls from my childhood...Shirley Temple, Madame Alexander and many others plus beautiful ones I had only dreamed of ever seeing and historical ones that brought previous generations directly to us. Not only were the dolls fantastic but the scenes made them very alive. I took sets of children through and everyone was enchanted beyond words. We could not believe how lucky SB is to have this museum. It brings magic to SB. We recently enjoyed the Christmas Tree exhibit. The gift shop is outstanding. Setting up this museum has been a gift to SB and the Nation.
– Kimberly Morales, Santa Barbara, January 2017

Click HERE for more comments about recent experiences of visitors to the Susan Quinlan Doll & Teddy Bear Museum.

Free Issues of Museum Newsletters

Click on the following links for past issues of the Quinlan Museum Doll & Teddy Bear Newsletter

January 2012
August 2012
February 2014

January 2016
March 2016
August 2016

October 2016
September 2017
October 2017

If you wish to receive future Newsletter issues, just send us your email address and/or postal address to: terry@quinlanmuseum.com or Quinlan Doll & Teddy Bear Museum, P. O. Box 3218, Santa Barbara, CA 93130

Books Featured at the Museum

Reference Guide to Research on Dollhouses and Miniatures (320 pages) $9.95
written by Susan Quinlan & published by Susan Quinlan Museum
Book has annotations of 1,242 books about dollhouses & dollhouse dolls.
Click HERE for more details.

NIADA Art Dolls, Rich Traditions, New Ideas (432 pages) $34.95
co-published by Susan Quinlan Doll & Teddy Bear Museum
Book illustrates over 630 dolls by 160 NIADA doll artists.
Click HERE for more details.

Place your book order at sq@quinlanmuseum.com or (805) 687-8901.

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