See this miniature marvel on display. Only a handful of dolls’ houses have survived from the 18th century and Nostell’s is the only one you can see in the original family home it was designed for.
Only a handful of dolls’ houses have survived from the 18th century and Nostell’s is the only one you can see in the original family home it was designed for. Arguably the most detailed and authentic of its kind, the dolls' house at Nostell is a true masterpiece of craftsmanship and a window into a past world.
At nearly 300 years old, this rare survival has been in need of vital conservation work. Thanks to generous donations from our supporters in 2019, we’ve raised over £100,000 to conserve, relocate, redisplay and conduct further research into Nostell’s dolls’ house.
See the tiny treasure house sparkle
The dolls’ house is now showcased in a new permanent exhibition space as you enter the mansion on the ground floor. Beautifully illuminated with state-of-the-art showcase lighting in a bespoke glass case, visitors will be able to see every tiny detail, from the liveried footman and the miniature glass mouse to the hallmarked silver tea set.
You’ll also see the dolls' house come to life through 3D digital animation and high resolution photography and hear experts discuss the world of 18th-century design, craftsmanship and social history that this miniature mansion opens up for us.
The Nostell Dolls' House
To celebrate Miniature Worlds, we've published a brand new book, The Nostell Dolls' House, written by our curator Simon McCormack. Please note, the book is currently unavailable, due to the closure of Nostell and the National Trust online shop during this time. We'll update this page as soon as you can buy it again.
Just as the dolls’ house was created by the work of many hands, we've commissioned conservators in a range of disciplines to repair, clean and conserve the house and its contents.
In the new exhibition you’ll get an insight into the tools, techniques and processes that were used by experts in textiles, stonework, joinery and paper conservation. You’ll also find out about new discoveries they unveiled along the way.
See some behind the scenes videos on our Nostell Dolls' House page.