Automated doll museum
In the course of many years, Annette Beyer has built up an extraordinary collection of automated dolls. From April 2017, the Automata Collection Annette Beyer will be open to the public. A living room has been specially created for these exquisite dolls in Beyer Chronometrie’s archive rooms at Goldbrunnenplatz in Zurich. Visitors can watch short videos showing the automata in motion. On show are 40 exhibits dating from 1850 to 1900, as well as three world exclusives from the years 1590 to 1780. We would be pleased to open the exhibition to doll automata enthusiasts on prior request per e-mail.
In the 19th century, true-to-life automated toys were built that invariably worked in the same way: a mechanical clockwork set a system of levers, gear racks, cams and cogs in motion, resulting in gestures that make the viewer regard the doll as a living being. Many of the doll automata are built on a plinth and function as a music box.