Open Day at Tara’s Palace

IRE­LAND’S LARGEST DOLL HOUSE

Bray People - - MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD - MARY FOG­A­RTY

TARA’S PALACE mu­seum of child­hood wel­comed vis­i­tors to Pow­er­scourt to en­joy their minia­tures and dolls.

The mu­seum is home to Ire­land’s largest pe­riod doll house – Tara’s Palace.

With the Palace as the cen­tre­piece, the mu­seum also con­tains hun­dreds of fas­ci­nat­ing ex­hibits, in­clud­ing the amaz­ing 17th century house in a bot­tle, the small­est doll in the world, and a 300-year-old doll’s house.

Tara’s Palace took over 20 years to build and fur­nish. It con­tains 22 stun­ning rooms, each fur­nished with exqui- site minia­ture fur­ni­ture, many of them price­less antiques. Among the fas­ci­nat­ing fur­ni­ture is a collection of carvings made by Napoleonic pris­on­ers of war, carved from bone pieces they kept from their scarce ra­tions.

There is a Mu­seum Quiz, which is pop­u­lar with all vis­i­tors and an in­ter­ac­tive room for younger vis­i­tors.

The fun con­tin­ued over easter with baby chicks and tiny eggs hid­den in Tara’s Palace. There was also a day of arts and crafts and story telling.

Tara’s Palace runs events, fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties and school or group tours through­out the year. For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.taras­palace.ie.

Vol­un­teers Dilys Lind­say, Keith Dun­gan and Mary Moore with Shell Park in the Mu­seum Room.

Pres­i­dent of Tara's Palace Jane Wil­liams holds the full dic­tio­nary dis­played in the house that was given to her by her fa­ther on her 21st birth­day.

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