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Dyer-Botsford Doll Museum

Address: 331 First Avenue East, Dyersville, IA 52040
Phone Number: 563-875-2414
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Ranked #5 of 6 Attractions in Dyersville
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums

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Waterloo, Iowa
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

If you think that all you are going to see are a bunch of old dolls you are very mistaken. The Dyer-Botsford Historical House and Doll Museum is packed full of local historical items so much so that they are running out of room. I have never been in a museum or home that has so much crammed inside. Not... More 

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Davis, Illinois
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

All the different dolls from all over the world are worth seeing, but I was pleasantly surprised by the old clothing and furniture in the basement and on the first floor. All were in excellent condition, so you can get a good idea of how they would have looked when the original owners first obtained them. They had some old... More 

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206 reviews 206 reviews
54 attraction reviews
564 helpful votes 564 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

The old house and furnishings are interesting, our guide was thorough and excellent. Surprisingly, this heterosexual male found the dolls interesting; some real antique dolls, plus Kewpie dolls, Barbies, Shirley Temple, and much more. The dolls with three faces were a little creepy, two are supposed to be covered by a bonnet, I think. Each room is a surprise.

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Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011

My husband and I spent over one and half hours touring this amazing house and doll museum. Our guide Jeanette was very informative and pleasent. She showed us every inch of the house incuding the basement. Not only are the dolls exciting to see, but the furnishings in the house are magnificent. For a tour of yesteryear this is a... More 

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