Powerscourt Townhouse, delighted to welcome Dolls Hospital & Museum

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The Dollstore Hospital & Museum will be officially opened in its new home at the Powerscourt Town House Centre by Ms Francis Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. The nation of Ireland knows too well the tales of past years where the economic climate has become too hostile for retailers & shops to keep their doors open; Melissa Nolan was among the many when she was forced to close down her beloved 40 year old Dolls Hospital on Georges Street due to high rents. The hearts of this country were however not willing to accept defeat and what ensued over the last few months has been nothing short of a public out pouring with distressed listeners calling the national airwaves and highlighting Melisa Nolan’s plight to the rest of the world.

On hearing the news Mary Larkin, Manager of the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, in Dublins City Centre sprang into action. Commenting on the move "They are one of Dublin’s oldest institutions, a shop that is loved by everybody, young and old. I went over to see Melissa when I heard the shop was closing, and I was saying what a loss this is going to be for Dublin not to mention the reaction she has been receiving from all over the country. She gave me a full tour of her beautiful shop, where she showed me dolls dating back to 192O, teddy bears, miniatures, what beautiful displays, I would just have loved to stay there for the day. We chatted about her idea of creating a Museum of Childhood and Dolls Store, and I said that perhaps we could do something very special for her in the Powerscourt Centre, since Powerscourt being a listed Georgian building, the link would marry up well. Melissa was taken by the idea and came over to view the space I had in mind, the old ballroom, with its beautiful original ceilings, wonderful light, just exactly what would create a beautiful home for her dolls. We are absolutely thrilled that Melissa was as eager as us to set up in the Centre. stepped in to aid this little gem on Georges Street.

The shop which is one of Dublin’s oldest institutions, loved by young and old has been given a fantasial space in the Ballroom,(formally the Soloman Gallery) where it will house with care and pride, a precious Museum of Childhood Dolls & Teddybears.

The grand Georgian ceilings and atmospherically lit rooms create a beautiful home for the dolls & teddy bears which have been cared for over the past four decades and beyond.

The Teddy bears and Dolls will be making their move in the dead of night while a nation sleeps and will wake up in their new home on Sunday, 11th March in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. A fantastic family day is planned to celebrate with children’s entertainment, face painting & music taking place throughout the day.