Charming Dolls' Houses from V&A Museum of Childhood Are Soon on Display at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

NEWS | Published: 9.11.2015

Amy Miles' House, Englanti, 1890  © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

From November to April the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova will present miniature worlds of dolls’ houses from the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood. 12 magnificent dolls' houses will be on display on the first floor of Ars Nova. The theme continues even with interactive elements in Aboa Vetus. The exhibition is produced by the V&A Museum of Childhood and it has previously been displayed in London. From Turku the exhibition will proceed elsewhere to Europe and USA.

Unique handmade objects and countless amount of details

The oldest dolls' house in the exhibition dates back to 1712 and the most recent to 2001. The exhibition shows both unique handmade objects of art and factory-made toys, each of them showing the signs of its owner. The interior decoration and furnishings of the homes offer a great amount of details to look at. One single house may even hold over 300 miniature objects and pieces of furniture.

Miniature worlds ooze with history

The houses tell of living and housing in the United Kingdom from the 16th century to this day. Glorious manors and, on the other hand, ordinary homes recount the history of housing of different social classes, the styles of different eras and the ideals of life at home.

Extensive programme of events and wonderful dolls' house products on sale

The exhibition has an extensive programme of events, realised with the help of dolls' house enthusiasts. This includes a dolls' house fair, dolls' house themed courses and lectures, puppet theatre and guided tours of the exhibition. Along with the exhibition, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova's museum shop fills with wonderful dolls' house products.