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Summer Madness: Bears waiting to greet visitors at museum
TEDDY bears are waiting to greet visitors and provide a sense of nostalgia at the Dorset Teddy Bear Museum in Dorchester this summer.
Bears on show include the earliest antique teddy bears to today’s TV stars, as well as children’s favourites Padding-ton Bear, Rupert Bear, and Winnie the Pooh.
Museum curator Tim Batty said: “What makes the museum special is that the whole teddy bear collection is in our Edwardian style home, with Edward the bear and a family of human sized bears.
“The museum appeals to young children and offers a feeling of nostalgia for adults, whilst showcasing rare and popular bears for collectors.
“It’s unique, traditional and great fun as a museum – and the building is like walking round a real teddy bear house.”
The museum shop stocks top branded bears including the Steiff Teddy Bear, Merry-thought, Dean’s and Gund and is recognised as having one of the best selection of bears and collector’s soft toys.
The museum’s oldest bear, called Michael, dates from 1906 and the museum also appeared on popular children’s TV programme CBBC’s All Over The Place back in 2012.
The museum is in the Eastgate Centre on the corner of High East Street and Salisbury Street.
It is open hours from 10am to 5pm seven days a week until October.
Call 01305 266040.
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