Historic Doll Houses on display at Gabriola Museum Dec. 7 & 8

Gabriola Museum

Press Release

Wednesday, December 4 2019

Dollhouses have been fascinating children and adults alike for hundreds of years. 

On December 7 and 8, from noon until 4:00 at the Gabriola Arts Council (GAC) Hall, there will be a display of ten vintage and antique dollhouses decorated for Christmas. 

The event is cosponsored by the Gabriola Museum, and entrance is free. 

The houses belong to Debbie Marshall, who has collected and restored these miniature worlds for the past seven years. “Whether it’s a 1920s bungalow, a Victorian cupboard house, or a Second World War era home, each dollhouse has its own story to tell,” says Marshall, who will be sharing some of those stories at 1 pm on December 8 in the GAC Hall. 

“They often reflect the ups and downs of the lives of their original owners.” 

Although all of the houses were made in other countries, there is a Gabriola connection; a few of the tiny furnishings once belonged to Gwen Smeet, a long time resident. To learn more about the free two-day display, contact Debbie Marshall at 250 247 8848.