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“More than meets the eye ball”
Review of ARTlandya

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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Everybody who wants to experience Tenerife just outside of mass tourism, is able to find a worthwhile goal - very close to the Centre of Icod de los Vinos. The small town with its old and historic towncentre is also known for the Millenary Dragon Tree, the Drago Milenario, which is located approximately three kilometres from ARTlandya. In Santa Barbara, a district of Icod de los Vinos, with quiet, rural ambience, you will find ARTlandya - la Finca. It is an estate with a tropical Park and old, stylishly renovated Canarian houses with different exhibitions. Besides, it is no TOY MUSEUM and no private collection of dolls of all kind. We show you the fascinating world of dollART! ARTlandya is also no dusty museum in the customary sense but dollART from today in rooms from yesterday. Artistdolls and teddy bears on Tenerife? But why not? Tenerife exists not only of nature - the island also offers a lot of culture! ARTlandya is unique in whole Europe - it is a museum for contemporary dollART at the highest international level! A world of experience with DOLLS and TEDDYbears, a world for children and adults!
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed March 23, 2014

We went here out of curiosity more than anything, never having come across a modern doll museum before. The owner is lovely, welcoming and extremely generous with his time. We got a lot more out of the exhibition because he took the time to tell us about individual dolls, how they were made, what they were made out of, the processes involved and the artist that made them. A lot of the dolls were not really to our taste, but there were a few that really stood out, one in particular, a life size figure of a Chinese man is so realistic it is incredible, and another again life size of a little boy, there are dolls here made out of all sorts of materials, felt, porcelain and paper mâché. The owner also gives you a demonstration of how the dolls are made and the time and skill involved in making them, the highlight for me being the hand-blown glass eyeballs which are freakishly realistic. The garden here is also lovely, full of birds, butterflies and scented flowers. There is also a little cafe where you can sit and drink coffee and look at the owners restoration photos of the finca which are incredible. We came here thinking it probably wasn't our cup of tea, but because of the owners passion came away with a new found appreciation of this art form.

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Reviewed December 13, 2013

Artlandya is so much more than a doll / toy museum. It is the whole experience of fabulous buildings and gardens, breathtaking exhibits and their stories and, more than anything, generosity and friendliness of the owners that make this a truly unique experience. Better set aside a few hours for your visit so you don't have to rush and to allow Georg to share his amazing stories over a cup of coffee. Forget Dragon Tree, this place is miles better!

5  Thank Aggi K
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

This is a very special place, run by an Austrian couple.
ARTlandya is actually an art museum, not a toy museum.
The dolls and teddy bears exhibited are produced by artists and quite many of these are of limited editions. Also, you can see how porcelain dolls are being created.
The museum is very close to Icod de los Vinos city center (also worth to visit!) - just 4-5 euro taxi drive.
As a bonus - the museum has a fantastic garden with lemon trees etc.
Refreshments are available at a small cafe.

6  Thank emalendur
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

On arrival, my partner, our autistic daughter and myself were warmly greeted by Georg, into an exquisite world of dolls and teddies. The museum is breath taking, set in magnificent gardens full of beautiful plants,shrubs and fruit trees.
Many of the exhibits are 'one of a kind' that you will not see anywhere else in the world or 'limited editions.' by numerous artists.
Once we looked around at our leisure, Georg gave us a guided tour which, only enhanced an already magical day.
The dolls beauty are beyond words and set out so you don't miss a thing. Princesses, beggars, Queen of the elves, dolls from around the world, just so many to mention.
Georg even showed us how they are made, his knowledge is fantastic and so eager to share it with you.
A truly magical world and such a kind, wonderful host.
Thank you for such a magnificent experience and for taking that extra special time with my daughter.

4  Thank wendyH59
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

The most interesting and exciting experience that we had in Tenerife was visting the doll Museum from Icod de los Vinos, a city known by the tourists because of the quaint Drago Milenario tree. However, for me, seeing that tree which represents a symbol of longetivity, was only a must-see that we checked on the islandmap. It was impressive yet not overwhelming.
The Doll Musuem represented a totally different experience. We met two wonderful people, Georg and Ingrid Taupe who introduced to the unique art dolls world. The collection contains over 300 dolls in different sizes, with a huge variety of facial expressions and made from different materials. We have from a doll with a huge smile to another who is just about to burn into tears. We have princesses and we have beggers.
Their artistical value is incommensurable. Many of them are one of a kind or from limited series and made by famous artists.
: The returning to childhood is even more fantastic, since the museum is situated in an old pictureque farm, with a huge tropical garden that will make you hold your breath.
If you add to all of these an absolutely faulous landscape with a land full of grass beyond which the ocean appears, you obtain a perfect holiday cocktail. We thank our guests for this unforgettable experience.

5  Thank liviaflorentina
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Yanne1960, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at ARTlandya, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2013

Thanks a lot for your report and the fotos you sent!
Would be nice to see you again and for today

many regards
from ARTlandya!

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