10 of the World’s Greatest Toy Stores

Hospital de Bonecas, Lisbon

Instead of solely selling toys, this store serves as the fairy godmother for all toy owners, repairing dolls who badly need some pick-me-up. According to its website, Hospital de Bonecas started when a woman named Carlota would create craft dolls for kids in 1830. Eventually, her services became such sought after that she eventually opened the establishment on Praça Figueira where it still stands to this day.

Inside the Museum

The endless supply of doll parts ready to restore broken toys back to their prime.

After a thorough assessment, each wounded toy would be taken in and repaired to its capacity – giving not only joy to its owners, but also a second chance to the toys. Unclaimed toys are kept in its “museum,” a collection of dolls’ heads, eyes, arms, and legs. Visitors can enter the museum for only US$2.22 and see its motley crew of dismembered body parts.

One of the "doctors" of the Hospital de Bonecas, reviewing a doll that is to be repaired.

One of the “doctors” of the Hospital de Bonecas, reviewing a doll that is to be repaired.

If you’re looking to visit and come home with a new cherished plaything, the store also offers Spanish dolls Mariquita Perez and Paola Reina in vintage clothing.

Opening days and times: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Sunday.

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