Portland Doll Asylum Opens Its Doors to Visitors
Saturday, October 24, 2015
According to the asylum’s website founded in 1867 by German Dr. Hermann Reinhardt, the Doll Asylum was designed to receive dolls who were abandoned, neglected, or, most importantly, those showing signs of psychotic or homicidal behavior.
Dr. Reinhardt thought he could bridge the gap between the inanimate and the alive and stopp out the dark thoughts that lay beneath. While he never quite achieved his goals, he established a home for those unwanted dolls.
In honor of Dr. Reinhardt, the asylum opens its doors to show off its creepy collection just a few times a year. The asylum will open its doors for the first time in 2015 tonight, on October 23. Visitors can also visit on Saturday or Sunday of this weekend, or, for an extra scary time, visit the asylum on October 30 or on Halloween, October 31.
But, be warned. The asylum tells of long-term effects of the spooky collection, including nightmares and a general sense of uneasiness. Parents are especially encouraged to use discretion when considering bringing their children.
There is no admission charge to get a glimpse of the Doll Asylum, though they will accept donations of any unwanted dolls. For more information, visit the Doll Asylum’s visitors page.
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