NOTE: If your computer is running a recent version of Windows or Mac OS X and you have Shockwave 11, please use the new version of this program. This early version is for older Windows-based computers. It will work on an older Mac, too, but the application will load slowly and printing has been disabled.

In Holland during the 17th and 18th centuries, the "poppenhuis" was an adult diversion, but our online DOLLHOUSE is fun for kids of all ages. Paintings by well-known artists such as Pieter de Hooch, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, and Johannes Vermeer spring to life as you mix and match colorful characters, create decorative objects, and explore the kitchen, living quarters, artist's studio, and courtyard of this make-believe Dutch house.

DOLLHOUSE requires Shockwave Player. A high-speed Internet connection or preloading prior to play is recommended. With a cable or DSL connection, the interactive will open in seconds, but the download may take up to 15 minutes over a modem. If your Internet connection is slow you still can play. Just preload the game while you're doing something else, then come back to the Web page after the program has transferred to your computer. The dollhouse will stay open until you close your browser window or shut down the computer.


Click the Menu button icon MENU button at the bottom left to add new people and objects to the room you're designing.
To delete something, slide it out of the scene. (If you change your mind, use the MENU to bring it back.)
Click the narrow area between the house and the main window to enter the courtyard.
To print a room, click the printer-shaped icon print icon at the top right.
To save the dollhouse scene on your computer or to share your pictures by email, take a screenshot or save as PDF after using the print button above. Here's how



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The National Gallery of Art's NGAkids Art Zone offers interactive online art activities suitable for children of all ages.