11 February 2009

The National Museum - Dolls & Automatons - Charlot


This museum used to be known as the National Museum of Automatons & Dolls of Yesteryear. Now it's simply the National Museum of Monaco but the permanent exhibition, known as the Galéa Collection, is still that of the dolls and the automatons which are wondrous. Then there are temporary exhibitions, the current one being Botero's circus paintings - we saw a few of those last month.

Come visit the museum over the next days. We'll look at the beautiful Belle Epoque building itself, the Villa Sauber, and see some of the sculptures outside and of course a few of the wonders inside and I'll tell you about Madame Madeleine de Galéa.

Today, we see a display just inside the entrance where we pay to go in.

7 comments:

Marie-Noyale said...

I am a big fan of Automatons ..I have two small ones with music boxes and when I have a little "coup de Blues"
I turn the key and ..
I will gladly follow the guide..

nessabates said...

My daughter would be in heaven there. Great photo btw :)

maria said...

Love museums...can't wait for "the next days."

Gail's Man said...

I would have thought it would be free entry, as lots of museums are these days.

Are there any freebies to be had in Monaco, for the more poorer tourist?

angela said...

I visited this when it was the museum of automatons with my daughter's school. I didn't expect it to be as interesting as it was. I didn't realise it had changed. I might go again...

Anonymous said...

Now this, is a very good musee to attend. The dolls of yester year are beautiful and the simplicity plus the automations. whaaat 'exactly' is an automation??? is it like a robot??? in any case we are certain it would be a crowd pleaser to adults as well as children!!!

Jilly said...

Gail's Man, that's a good question and I'm not sure of the answer but I'm pretty sure we pay to go into all museums. Reason being that once a year they normally have an open day at Museums when it's free.

Angela, the doll display seems to be pretty much as before but they've opened extra rooms for the temporary exhibition, whatever it might be. I intend going back tho as there is so much to see at the doll's exhibition, especially the automatons.

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