Goodbye, Dolly: Struggling doll museum slated for closure
For two decades, the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art has attracted people from around the world, including celebrities.
But the place has taken a hit from the slumping economy, and is planning to close its doors next March.
There's just something about dolls that help make 69-year-old Rosalie Whyel feel young.
"Well, I think I don't ever want to grow up," she said.
After collecting about 1,000 dolls Whyel opened the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art, which was once named the best private doll museum in the world.
"And not just doll collectors, but so many people who have just walked through the doors and have said, 'Oh my gosh, this is just the best place I've ever been in the world,'" said Whyel.
But a troubled economy hurt this place, too. In its first year, it brought in 45,000 visitors. Last year, about 10,000 people came through.
"Idon't know why people aren't standing in line to be in this museum and see this," Whyel said. "It's exquisite, exciting and fun."
Celebrities have stopped by, too, including Dr. Ruth, Richard Simmons and Demi Moore.
And Whyel's museum isn't the only one that's been hit by the tough economy. In the last three years, 13 major doll museums had to close their doors.