Madame Alexander Doll Factory in NYC

DSC00721.JPGI bet many of you are unaware that there is a hidden treasure in Harlem… the Madame Alexander Doll factory. Who knew?! On the 6th floor of an ordinary building lies a world of fun for everyone!
Anyone can go for a tour of the factory ($8 for adults/$4 children under 16) where you will see where and how the dolls are created, visit the “doll hospital” – run by the same woman for the last 50 years – where they can fix up any doll, visit the Madame Alexander Museum and gift store. It was fascinating to learn how they get the dolls to blink their eyes and to see the machine where they spin thread into beautiful doll hats! The Heritage Gallery is amazing for all ages… they had dolls my 6 year old daughter was excited about (Fancy Nancy, Wizard of Oz, Angelina Ballerina, the Disney Princesses etc.) and so many that I was excited about including dolls from my childhood- Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake and Holly Hobbie! Doll collectors and lovers will go crazy and even if you’re not, this place is magical. There is a short interesting movie shown about Madame Alexander herself, how she started the company and how it has evolved.
If you would like to do the workshop (for $25 it includes the tour as well) you get to create your own doll! My daughter and I were able to participate in the workshop and it was so much fun picking out the hair and outfits and dressing the dolls ourself.
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They also host birthday and tea parties. The party guests will get a behind the scenes tour of the showroom, design and production rooms, doll hospital and The Heritage Gallery. They will also be able to do the workshop and then go to the party room and enjoy food, beverages and cake! The party room is beautifully decorated with dolls, hand painted flowers, bright blue skies and puffy clouds. What a fun and different party idea!
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For more information about tours,their parties, hours or the dolls please go to http://www.madamealexander.com/index.php
Whether you live in the area or are coming to New York for a visit this is a definite must see… visit the Madame Alexander Doll Company
615 West 131st St., 6th Floor New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-283-5900
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