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The Museum House of Dolls is a private museum owned by Voria Harras, a native of the city.
The first miniature doll house was made in the 16th century and was
ordered by the Duke of Baviera for his daughter. Since then the doll
houses have been collected by aristocrats and have been placed in their
palaces, and the houses were as elaborate as their owners could afford
them. After the Enlightenment, the first museum collections started to
appear in Holland and England, followed by other European countries and
the United States. Malaga is lucky to have its own museum of doll houses
in the center of the old town, in a restored Baroque palace of the 18th
century. The beautiful patio of the house has a traditional Andalusian
design and is filled with light.
When Voria was young, she studied art and painting. When she was an adult and married, she passed a street one day and saw a doll house in the show window of a store and stopped to admire it. She did this everyday, spending time admiring it. Her husband then decided to buy it for her and brought it to their house. When her mother saw the doll house, she wanted to know where Voria obtained it. To make a long story short, it turned out that her mother had owned it when she was young! Since then Voira has had a magnificent obsession to collect these doll houses and restore them. She learned architecture and how to restore crystal, glass, and wood, everything connected with these miniature houses. Voira created the museum to share the joy of seeing her collection with the whole world, and this museum has the biggest collection of antique doll houses in Spain today.
The museum now has 50 of these restored houses, the earliest a house from Cadiz that dates from the early 19th century. The collection has houses that date to 1950. There are houses from Granada, Madrid, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Cordoba, Asturias, Palma de Mallorca, Jaen, Valencia, as well as other regions of Spain. The houses have traditional Spanish architecture for the time periods in which they were made. Most of them were acquired in antique stores. Every house on exhibit has its own explanation in Spanish and English. The furniture in the houses are representative of real furniture used during the date the houses were made, so really it is a history of the country, its architecture, and its decorative arts. The miniature houses have miniature chandeliers, furniture, carpets, and other furnishings. Seeing them is really a very enjoyable learning experience. Besides the doll houses, there are also dolls that have been collected by the owner. Some have traditional Andalusian costumes.
The museum also sells doll houses and doll furniture (including chandeliers) to people who have doll house collections or want to start one. Take a look at the museum website to get a good idea about what this museum is all about.