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This doll exhibit provides a glimpse into the poor living conditions women in China once faced

They tell stories of women living in China during the 1900s.

By Tay Shi Ting | Mar 20, 2017

  • This doll exhibit provides a glimpse into the poor living conditions women in China once faced
    Manchu Lady. Photo credit: Mint Museum of Toys

The Mint Museum of Toys is extending their opening hours on Mar 25 for their late night exhibition series Guerilla. The month-long Door of Hope: Women in History exhibition, which features 25 dolls dressed by women living in poverty, will be on display past usual opening hours on that day.

The dolls on display were made by young women and girls supported by Door of Hope, a mission founded in China in 1901 by a group of women who were outraged by the poor living conditions faced by the destitute among them. This was an era when foot binding and threats of being kidnapped and sold into slavery were very real. The mission provided a sanctuary for these young women who were paid for dressing up the dolls with traditional costumes of the time.

Visitors can also participate in Pocket Quotes, a series of activities where they pen down their thoughts on small cards or bring home pocket-sized folders consisting of inspirational quotes written by or about women.

Here are three of the 25 dolls that will be exhibited.


Photo credit: Mint Museum of Toys 

Amah and her baby. China, 1920s. 


Photo credit: Mint Museum of Toys

Manchu Lady. China, 1920s.


Photo credit: Mint Museum of Toys

Old Lady. China, 1920s. 


Opening hours at Mint Museum of Toys will be extended to 9:30pm on Mar 25. The exhibition continues until Mar 31 from 9:30am-6:30pm daily. Find out more here.

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