Friday, May 18, 2018

Philadelphia Doll Museum with Barbara Whiteman

Philadelphia Doll Museum from Temple Contemporary on Vimeo.


Barbara Whiteman is the founder and curator of the Philadelphia Doll Museum which is located at 2253 N. Broad Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The museum was founded in 1988.   Annually each Memorial Day weekend Ms. Whiteman hosted the Philadelphia Black Doll Show and Sale.  The final show was held in 2012.

Read more about the Philadelphia Doll Museum, its mission, and the services offered at their new website, which appears to still be under construction.


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18 comments:

Unknown said...

LOVE it. Thanks for sharing Debbie!!! I saw a couple of dolls that I really wanted, & some that I already have :)
XOXOXOOXO
Cathy

Black Doll Enthusiast said...

You're welcome, Cathy! The museum has a wonderful collection of black dolls.
There are several there that I'd love to own, too.

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D7ana said...

Thanks for sharing this video, DBG! I am glad to see the Museum is still open.

Black Doll Enthusiast said...

You're welcome, D7ana.

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D7ana said...

;-)

Unknown said...

Is the museum still in operation. I would like to set up a tour for a group of Athens Ga. middle and high school students. I haven't been able to get in touch with anyone so far. Thanks -- Sally coenen53@gmail.com

Black Doll Enthusiast said...

As far as I know, the museum is still open. I will forward your comment to Ms. Whiteman and hope that she or someone from the museum contacts you. I am sure the students would love a tour of the museum.

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Unknown said...

Good morning! I've been trying to get in contact with the museum. I am a Collections Manager for New Mexico Historic Sites and have come across a doll that is a mystery to us and am looking for all the info I can get. I saw this museum listed and when I called the number I got a message saying it was out of service. Do you know of another number or email that can be used to contact someone?

Thank you!!
Ivana

Black Doll Enthusiast said...

Do you have a picture of the doll? If so, reply to me through the contact form on the right sidebar of the home page of this blog.

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Unknown said...

Thank you! I'll be sending an email.

Unknown said...

I either want to sell my complete collection of black dolls and memorabilia or donate it all to the museum. I am 82 not in good health and my children dont want the dolls etc. I dont wa,t them to go in the trash. Eex: I have a signed M.C Hammmer in original box.

Black Doll Enthusiast said...

If there are museums in your area, contact the museums to see if there is any interest in your dolls. Is M. C. Hammer the only Black/African American doll that you own?

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Anonymous said...

Good morning: In 1987 Wilberforce University sponsored the ''Holiday Festival of Dolls''. I took my mother where she and I met Ms. Whiteman and had a very informative and enjoyable talk. The topic of collecting came up and Ms.Whiteman indicated the Black lady in New York who had what was agreed to at that time the largest collection and if memory serves me correctly Ms. Whiteman had the second largest while my mothers collection was the third largest. A few years later my mother one of ghe dolls that she made to Ms. Whiteman's museum along with donations to the museum in Wilberforce,one in Detriot and Cleveland. I have one here also. This doll is called a ''Golly Wog'' I do want to visit your museum soon. Dave

Black Doll Enthusiast said...

Hello Dave. My museum is virtual. You may visit it at your convenience at the following URL.

http://virtualblackdollmuseum.com

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Shocked n Appalled said...

Although I live in Dallas Texas now I was hoping so much that my sister could visit the doll museum in North Philly and yet the phone number seems to be defunct . Is the museum still open ? I certainly hope so . Can somebody please give their new phone number as I can't find one or any information as to whether or not they are open ... you can even please call me at 267-971-9961 ... or text me

Black Doll Enthusiast said...

The Philadelphia Doll Museum unfortunately is now closed.

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Unknown said...

If the museum reopen in the future. Is it possible to volunteer. I have visited on several occasions in the pass and would like fir this wonderful resource to our culture to continue and be shared with the next generation.

Black Doll Enthusiast said...

I do not think there are plans to reopen the Philadelphia Doll Museum. If volunteering would be a possibility if it does reopen, I would not know.

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