The exhibition was funded in part by the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program and the Museum’s Exhibition Fund.

Childhood’s joys were celebrated in this exhibition which featured carousel animals from the Dentzel family, the renowned, five-generation-old American maker. The exhibition also included American, European and Asian toys and dolls from around the world. The exhibition was composed primarily of objects from the Museum’s permanent collection with select objects from private collections.

The Museum’s videotape, DOLLS: MIRRORS OF HUMANITY, played within the exhibition.


On View: Jun 28, 2002 - Feb 19, 2003

Curator: Martha Longenecker

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