Teddy Bear Museum
Teddy Bears are so popular that several Teddy Bear Museums have been established all over the world - from Naples, Florida to Giengen, Germany.
The Teddy Bear Museum located in Naples, Florida features over 650 artists and major manufacturers. There is also a Teddy Bear Archive featuring information about teddy bear artists, artisans, craftspeople and teddy bear manufacturers. The smallest bear in the Museum is only 5/8" and was hand-sewn. The two largest bears are life-size. The Museum gladly welcomes any bear to it's collection.
The Teddy Bear Museum in Stratford-upon-Avon, England opened July 4, 1988, on the American Independence Day. The date was chosen in tribute to the fact that the teddy bear owes its name to the 26th President of the United States. The Museum has an extensive collection of teddy bears and is a popular destination to visitors. Their publication, THE TEDDY BEAR HALL OF FAME, A CENTURY OF HISTORIC BEARS is a beautiful addition for collectors. It features dozens of beautifully photographed antique teddy bears and describes their interesting histories.
Visit Teddy Bear House and meet Edward Bear and his extended family of human sized teddy bears as they busy themselves or relax around their Edwardian style home. Then downstairs in the Dorset Teddy Bear Museum marvel at the evocative and atmospheric displays of the history of the teddy bear, featuring examples from the very earliest about a century ago up to the present day. Famous bears such as Rupert Bear, Winnie the Pooh, and Paddington Bear are also on display, along with bears representing the signs of the zodiac. Many collectors, limited editions and artist bears are present too.
The Steiff Museum is located in Giengen (Brenz), Germany and displays a large collection of old and new Steiff teddy bears, animals and dolls. The toys are presented in chronological order, starting with Margarete Steiff's little felt elephant. Photographs show the early years at the factory and provide an historic portrait of the Steiff story. Visitors are shown a 30 minute movie which tells the entire story and shows the manufacturing process from start to finish.