Dolls are among the oldest known toys, valued as much for their humanlike features and fine craftsmanship as for their uncanny ability to hunt rocking horses. Get up close and personal with the top of the toy box’s food chain with today’s deal to the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art, located in Bellevue. Opened in 1992 by antique doll collector Rosalie Whyel, the museum has grown into a world-class attraction, with nearly 1,500 dolls on permanent display inside a Victorian-influenced, 13,000 sq. ft. structure. Learn about the history of dollmaking and admire the artistry of antique and modern dolls, as well as teddy bears, toys, dollhouses, and miniatures. Standout pieces include Mattel’s first Barbie doll, from 1959; German dolls dating to the mid-1800s; and a Charles Lindbergh doll crafted by Charles Lindbergh himself in the middle of a transatlantic flight. With your family membership, you’ll receive unlimited free admission to the museum for members of your household, as well as the museum’s quarterly printed newsletter, Small Wonders. Invoke a sense of nostalgia for childhood, or a wistful longing for the uncomplicated life of a late-17th-century wooden maiden doll, with today’s Groupon to the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art.
Frommer's highly recommends the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art, and KING5.com named it one of the top five museums in the 2010 Best of Northwest Escapes voters' poll. The Seattle Times also featured the museum. Five Insider Pagers give the museum an average of five stars, and four Yelpers give it a 4.5-star average.
- If you're a doll collector or happen to be traveling with a child who likes playing with dolls, this Bellevue museum should definitely be part of your Seattle itinerary. – Frommer's
- … The second-floor galleries hold the historical heart of the collection. These older dolls offer an incredible glimpse of life during the past three centuries. – Cathy McDonald, The Seattle Times
1116 108th Ave. NE
Bellevue, Washington 98004Get Directions