Children and grown-ups alike will find enchantment in a gallery full of dolls’ house rooms in the Frans Hals Museum. A magical collage of seventy little rooms, some in 3D, has been created from real seventeenth- and eighteenth-century dolls’ houses. Visitors can get close enough to discover details that often remain hidden. The display was inspired by one of the highlights of the Frans Hals Museum—the monumental dolls’ house put together by the Amsterdam merchant’s wife Sara Rothé. Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century dolls’ houses are rare; in the Netherlands only six have survived. They were commissioned by grown women and were certainly not toys. It was an expensive hobby and only women in the circle of wealthy merchants and governors in Amsterdam and Leiden could afford one. The showpiece dolls’ houses contain a wealth of information about the everyday life

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