One may not find Jawahar Toy Museum on many bucket lists on the best places to visit in Pondicherry, but it is certainly worth a visit. It is one of the rarest museums in India, perhaps the only one of its kind which is extremely popular among children, but is by no means restricted to them. The visitors come across an interesting display of a wide variety of toys and dolls decorated and painted in the brightest colours and costumes. It has around 120 dolls which have been collected from various parts of the country including states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Assam, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab.
What is particularly interesting about the dolls displayed inside the museum is that they are attired in the traditional dress of the region they belong to. Apart from providing entertainment, the museum endeavours to inform and educate the public of the important position that toys and dolls occupy in Indian culture. Inside the museum another section which recreates a fairyland with a puppet of Lord Ganesha presiding over it is a major attraction. This section is a big hit with children. Watching the dolls and their traditional attires also educates the children, and the adults, about the various cultures in India.
MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MUSEUM
- Dolls and toys
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Mondays and Public Holidays closed
No entry fee
Near Old Lighthouse, Goubert Avenue, Pondicherry, 605002
HOW TO REACH?
Aurobindo Ashram Bus Stop is the nearest bus stop to Jawahar Toy Museum.