The Enchanted Mansion whisks guests away to a storybook land of diminutive proportions, where fairies and first ladies alike commingle in a series of themed display rooms. Tucked into a picturesque Southern setting, the quaint mansion houses a diverse collection of hundreds of dolls dating back to the pre-Revolutionary era. The building’s deceptive three-story façade gives way to a single floor filled with oversized furnishings to promote tolerance for persecuted porcelain by making guests feel doll-sized themselves. Presidential dolls hold forth on foreign policy and puppet regimes in the White House room, and childlike figurines develop literacy in the storybook room as an antique collection watches proudly nearby.
In 1976, Robert Cullen expanded his existing toy store, Cullen's Playland, opening the first Cullen's Babyland location to supply parents-to-be with kid-rearing necessities. Today, Cullen's has stores in both Baton Rouge and Lafayette and continues to offer imaginative toys and essential baby items ranging from car seats and strollers to bedding and cribs. In each expansive showroom, customers can peruse a wide selection of goods from makers including Chicco, Britax, and Baby's Dream.