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Eliza Cruce Doll Museum, Community Cultural Experience

Eliza Cruce Doll Museum is located in a wing of the Ardmore Public Library320 E NW, (580) 223-8290 and offers an impressive collection of the world's finest and most rare examples of dollmaker's art and contains over 300 dolls, some dating back to 1776 and contains some of the world's finest and rarest specimens of dolls.

The collection belonged to Eliza Cruce Hall, Eliza Cruce Hall had arrived in Ardmore for the first time in 1896 and was the niece of Oklahoma's second commander-in-chief, Gov. Lee J. Cruce.  She began collecting dolls during a trip to Europe. Many of the dolls are rare and antique and include porcelain dolls, kewpie dolls, French fashion dolls, and famous dolls such as Lenci Kruse, Kestner, Ravca, Klumpe, Montanari and Schoenhut.

The collection also includes original French Court dolls depicting members of French Queen Marie Antoinette's court and English peddlers.

The hugely popular Bye-lo dolls also form part of the collection. The rarest however are the hand-carved wooden varieties, which date back to the 1770s.

  • Charles B Goddard Center
  • The Charles B. Goddard Center is located at 1st and Dst SW, (580) 226-0909 and offers a theatre and art museum along with a wide variety of musical and theatrical performances. This center is home to the Ardmore Little Theatre and an art museum. The theater produces three dramatic plays and at le

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  • Little Theatre
  • Ardmore Little Theatre  (580) 223-6387 with performances at the Charles B. Goddard Center.

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  • Greater SW Museum
  • Greater Southwest Historical Museum at 35 Sunset Drive, (580) 226-3857, is housed in a 40,000 square foot WPA carved stone building that offers a wide variety of western, cattle, military, oil and Indian collections and a Genealogical Library. Tracing the period form the Indian Territory days to

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  • Studio 107
  • Studio 107 Ardmore Studio 107 is a fine art gallery and studio for the vocal and visual arts located at 107 E Main (580)-224-1143

    Studio 107 stimulates the artist juices in the local children by coordinating the LOOK Art! program in conjunction with LOOK Billboards.

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