Take A Look Inside The World’s Oldest Doll Hospital

  • The Hospital de Bonecas has been family owned and run since 1830.

Oldest Doll Hospital

We’ve covered some amazing doll houses, and some of the creepiest dolls ever created, but this is definitely one of the most interesting stories about people’s fascination with the child’s toy.

Great Big Story traveled to the Hospital de Bonecas in Lisbon, Portugal and meet with Manuela Cutileiro. Cutileiro is a “doll doctor” at the oldest surviving doll hospital in the world. The Hospital de Bonecas has been family owned and run since 1830.

Great Big Story explains:

“The Hospital de Bonecas in Lisbon, Portugal, has got a pretty sweet operation, complete with a reception area, a plastic surgery room and a morgue. And no matter what your ailment is—broken leg, missing eye, cracked skull—head doctor Manuela Cutileiro has got you covered. But instead of fixing flesh and bones, Hospital de Bonecas lovingly repairs and restores dolls and toys. Cutileiro’s family has been in the business of mending childhood memories since 1830.”

Check out Cutileiro and her fascinating work.

A Visit to the Doll Hospital

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