Teddy bear museum

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Teddy Bear Museum
Tateshina Teddy Bear Museum, Tateshina, Nagano, Japan
TypeTeddy bear museum
Collection sizeTeddy bears and related items
FounderJudy Sparrow (First Teddy Bear Museum)

A teddy bear museum is a museum about teddy bears. There are many teddy bear museums around the world.[citation needed]

The world's first Teddy Bear Museum was based in Petersfield, Hampshire, England.[citation needed] It was founded by Judy Sparrow in 1984, and housed a collection of antique teddy bears and related items.[citation needed] It closed in 2006.[citation needed]

The British broadcaster Gyles Brandreth founded a Teddy Bear Museum in Stratford-upon-Avon. After 18 years it was relocated to the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon, London[1] and then, in 2016, relocated again to Newby Hall, near Ripon, in North Yorkshire.[2]

The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green also has an extensive range of teddy bears.[citation needed]

The Jeju Teddy bear museum in South Korea has many kinds of teddy bears from various countries.[3]

The Izu Teddy Bear Museum opened in Itō, Shizuoka, Japan in 1995. It has a collection of various teddy bears, including "Teddy Girl".[4]

Other notable museums[edit]

  • Dorset Teddy Bear Museum, Dorchester, England
  • The Merrythought Teddy Bear Shop & Museum, Shropshire, England
  • The Den of Marbletown, Teddy Bear Museum, Kingston, New York, U.S.
  • Deutsches Teddybären Museum (German Teddy Bear Museum)
  • Teddy Bear Museum Pattaya, Thailand
  • TeddyVille Museum, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia -opened 2016
  • Teseum, Teddy Bear Safari Theme Park, Jeju Island, South Korea
  • Nasu Teddy Bear Museum, Japan
  • Hida Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village, Takayama, Japan
  • My lovely Bear Teddy Museum, Yaroslavl, Russia



  1. ^ "Polka Theatre - World-class theatre for children". www.polkatheatre.com. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Gyles Brandreth's 1,000 teddies move to Newby Hall". BBC. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Teddy Bear Museum". doopedia.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Teddy Bear Museum". Japan Deluxe Tours. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Teddy Bear Museum Opens in N Seoul Tower at Mt. Namsan". Korea Tourism Organization. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2012.

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