Nybylwyck Hall Dollhouse

Created by dollhouse enthusiast Mark O’Banks (1956–2002) and gifted to the Hudson River Museum in 2006, Nybylwyck Hall is unique for both design and the level of detail it gives of a dollhouse family—the Van Nybylwycks.

Please note, the Billiard Room is temporarily closed to the public; Nybylwyck Hall Dollhouse is currently on view in It Takes 2: Unexpected Pairings.


Photo: Yuliya Levit

Nybylwyck Hall  is a veritable Lilliputian house for all ages, with 24 rooms that bear colorful names like the Egyptio-Tudor Room, the Gothic Library, and the Cathedral of the Lost Souls. A stage set for the 20 Van Nybylwyck family members and friends who live within, the house boasts four stories and stands 8 feet wide, 3.5 feet high, and 2 feet deep.

Over 900 interior objects were built and bought by O’Banks, who painstakingly crafted staircases, cross-stitched carpets, and papered walls. Basing the exterior on very real historic Hudson Valley homes, notably the Ogden Mills House in Staatsburg and Wilderstein in Rhinebeck, O’Banks also roofed it with 1,500 slate tiles and created a center double staircase that curves from the top floor, similar to Glenview’s.

Virtual Tour of Nybylwyck Hall
Miniaturist and gallerist Darren Scala from D. Thomas Fine Miniatures presents an online visit to the 24-room dollhouse.