Forster Dollhouse

The Forster collection began in Ireland around 1845. The collection of over 80 miniatures immigrated to Canada with the family in 1868, and became a family heirloom thereafter. Six generations of the Forster family are documented in this small-scale estate. Many of the treasures are handcrafted by family members. A tiny watercolour by the prominent Canadian artist, William Charles Forster, features his three children. A teapot cover is made from an old wedding dress. The bellows are made from Catherine Forster's buttons. Today, staff at the Canadian Children's Museum make a concerted effort to keep the house alive by decorating the home according to the seasons, just as the Forster family had done for so many years.

Video provided by: Canada's Got Treasures


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