The centerpiece of the exhibition was a group of 12 late-19th-early 20th century, miniature French carousel animals from the Freels Collection. The exhibition also featured a collection of clay whistles from Russia, traditional Russian painted and nested dolls, and cast iron mechanical banks, the last a gift of the Thomas W. Sefton Foundation. Antique American and European dolls and traditional dolls, dollhouses and toys from many countries of the world were from the Museum’s permanent collection.

Three films by Ray and Charles Eames played throughout the run of the exhibition: “Parade,” “Toccatta for Toy Trains,” and “Tops,” along with “Calder’s Circus.”

The exhibition was funded in part by the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program.


On View: Nov 20, 2004 - Jun 15, 2005

Curator: Martha Longenecker

More Exhibitions


Arline Fisch

One of a Kind

Featuring jewelry, body ornaments and a collection of knitted and crocheted wire hanging flowers and sea creatures by internationally-renowned artist, Arline Fisch.

June 17, 2017 - January 7, 2018


Indonesian Shadow Puppets

An intimate exhibition in the Museum’s Theater Gallery featuring a selection of shadow puppets from Indonesia.

July 19, 2017 - March 18, 2018


Art of the Americas

Pre-Columbian Art from Mingei's Collection

Part of the Getty Center-led initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, this exhibition offers the most comprehensive presentation to date of the Museum’s significant holdings of objects used by people from the ancient cultures of Mexico, Central and South America.

September 16, 2017 - February 18, 2018



Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal

Featuring approximately 40 kantha (decorative stitched quilting made from recycled sari) from the Museum's permanent collection.

October 28, 2017 - March 25, 2018


Weaving a Path

Navajo Women and the Feminine Ethos

December 9, 2017 - May 20, 2018