Small Talk / Museum

Happy Birthday Toy and Miniature Museum

Who didn’t love “show and tell?!” Bringing a prized baseball card or pet hamster to share with classmates gave us that warm, fuzzy feeling that we now know as pride and happiness. We’re guessing that’s exactly what museum cofounders Mary Harris Francis (second from the left) and Barbara Marshall (first from the left) felt when they opened the Toy and Miniature Museum this week in 1982.

Both collected small things: Francis coveted antique toys, imperfect in scale and well-loved. Marshall sought artfully-crafted, fine-scale miniatures. After years of acquiring, they opened the museum in the Tureman mansion on the University of Missouri- Kansas City campus in order to share their vast collections.

Since then, the Toy and Miniature Museum has expanded twice, received donations from over 2,000 individuals, broken a Guinness World Record, and become a local treasure. As we transition to The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, we look forward to a future filled with “show and tell.”

Big Changes are A’Comin

We’d like to introduce you to The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures! Starting this January, the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City will transform into The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures.

What do you mean by “transform?” Well, we’ll be pausing museum operations on January 6, 2014 for a while so we can fix our building’s temperature and humidity issues, and create new exhibits. When we’re all done, we’ll be better able to share one of the United States’s largest collections of antique toys on public display and the world’s largest collection of fine-scale miniatures with you.

In the meantime, check back here often to learn about our collection and other toy and miniature collections around the world, see what inspires us from thought-provoking projects to invigorating individuals, and learn more about T/m’s past and future, including some radical photos from the 1980s.

Watch our renovation project unfold on our Facebook page and pin your favorite museum objects from our Pinterest boards.

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