Dollhouses are some of the most popular miniature versions of the real world. On view is a museum favorite—the 15-foot-long Long Island Dollhouse made around 1900 with 11 fully furnished rooms. The earliest dollhouse in the exhibit was made in 1820 for twin girls. The exterior resembles a typical 19th-century Philadelphia brick row house, while inside are four rooms complete with period furniture and dolls. This house descended in the family until given to the museum. Other houses include a house made in the Chesapeake around 1835 and a colonial revival house made around 1940.
While young girls played house, what about the young boys? Wonderful German-made playsets from the 19th century are featured in the exhibit, including a fort and a soldiers’ campsite.
On view in the Rachel Elisabeth and Joshua Ryan Wilkinson Gallery