It’s a Barbie World

One of the most famous names in the world now has a permanent home in Montreal. Barbie Expo is the largest permanent exhibit of Barbie dolls in the world and is open to the public for free at Les Cours Mont Royal. I had a Barbie doll when I was a kid and it was one of my favorite toys. I loved the dresses my mom made for her out of scrap material. They weren’t as fancy as Mattel couture, but I thought they were beautiful. The Barbies in this exhibit wear outfits designed by top designers such as Vera Wang, Bob Mackie, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein and Versace. With dolls that resemble Beyonce, Barbara Streisand, Jennifer Lawrence, Lucille Ball and more, the exhibit is a fascinating commentary on fashion and pop culture.

There are over 1,000 Barbie dolls on display. Here is a small sample.

Bridal Barbie

International Barbie

Celebrity Barbie


Zombie Barbie


Runway Barbie (on stage and in the dressing room)


Timeless Barbie

and, the most unique Barbie in the world!


8 thoughts on “It’s a Barbie World

  1. I remember making a “fur” coat for my Barbie. I had found a scrap of faux fur and managed to make a coat for her. It looked luxurious (if I do say so myself)! One year for Christmas I got a set of wigs for Barbie. They were short, long, straight, curly, brunette and blond. Best Barbie accessory EVER!

  2. How fun! I would love to see this display. Like you, my friends and I played Barbies all the time when we were little. My mom sewed clothes from her scraps and even sold them for a while. It brings back such good memories. But Zombie Barbies?? Doesn’t seem to fit with her branding.

  3. I just made a little black holiday dress for my doll – I wish they had a museum like that here, it looks fantastic.

    • The exhibit really shows how Barbie is more than just a toy, she is a pop icon. It’s supposed to be a permanent exhibit, so if you ever come to Montreal, put it on your to-do list.

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