So your doll is sick, what do you do? In Lisbon, people have been going to the doll doctor at the dolls hospital for generations: Hospital de Bonecas, right in the centre of town.
The dolls hospital has existed since 1830 and has cured all kinds of dolls over the years. The doll doctor understands the relationship between a doll and the owner like no other, every treatment is loving and caring.
This true dolls hospital is located on Praça da Figueira. That may sound a little weird for most who read this, but for the people of Lisbon, making dolls better is a serious matter.
Diagnosis and treatment
When a doll is brought into the hospital, first the diagnosis is made based on the complaints. The doll is then assigned a bed and a treatment plan is drawn up.
Starting at 5 euros (£4,50), the doll can be patched up. These cheap fares for a treatment are mainly because body parts and other materials are donated by friends of the dolls hospital.
December is a busy month
Around Christmas time it is always crowded in the hospital, Lisboeta are getting ready for Christmas and sending their Jesus dolls to be prepared for a healthy Christmas.
More than a doll hospital
The doll hospital does not only offer repairs. It is also possible to buy a wig, new doll clothes, shoes and other accessories for the doll.
There is also a museum at the dolls hospital. Here you will find dolls of all ages and all kinds of materials. There are antique toys and porcelain dolls on display.
Rainy day in Lisbon? Be sure to visit Hospital de Bonecas. A visit to the dolls hospital is also a lot of fun with children.
Where to find Hospital de Bonecas
Address: Praça da Figueira 7, Baixa
Shop opening hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Opening hours museum: Monday to Friday 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 – 5 p.m.