Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | 1-3:30PM
Fancy yourself a tiny Leonardo da Vinci? Be inspired by T/m’s fine-scale miniature painting collection with works created using brushes that only have one hair! Then, channel your inner Vincent van Gogh or Johannes Landman to paint your own miniature masterpiece on canvas and finish it with a frame of your choice.
Tours at 1PM and 2PM and hands-on workshop from 1-3:30PM. Included with museum admission. Become a member today to enjoy all ten weeks for free! Recommended for ages 6 and up. Little Adventures is generously supported by the National Miniatures Trust.
Meet The Experts: Mesner Puppet Theater Sneak Preview of Wizard Of Oz
Sunday, April 09, 2017 | 2-3PM
Get to know the experts at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures through this monthly exploration of special topics. On April 9, Mesner Puppet Theater will give an exclusive, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the theater’s upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz. The program includes a lecture and gallery visit. Included with museum admission.
Creepy Crawlers Workshop
Sunday, March 26, 2017 | 1-4PM
Step back in time to experience the fun of pouring liquid goop into metal molds to create creepy insects, creatures, and figures. Spend the afternoon making three “crawlers” with the toy Time magazine included in its list of the 100 most influential toys. The $10 fee—free for museum members—includes workshop materials and museum admission. The workshop can only accommodate 15 people so reservations are required. Call (816) 235-8005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot. Please note, due to the use of hot surfaces, participants must be ten years of age or older.
Wizard of Oz Puppet Show
Saturday, March 18, 2017 | 1-2PM
See The Wonderful Wizard of Oz come to life with puppets in a 35-minute performance that is fun for the entire family. Kraig Kensinger, a resident puppeteer at the Puppetry Arts Institute in Independence, Missouri, will present the live show with puppets from longtime museum volunteer Sally Ruddy as well as some of his own design. Included with museum admission. Space is limited. Reserve a spot today by calling (816) 235-8005 or emailing email@example.com.
Meet The Experts: The Thorne Rooms
Sunday, March 12, 2017 | 2-3PM
Get to know the experts at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures through this monthly exploration of special topics. On March 12, Lindsay Mican Morgan, keeper of the Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago, will examine Mrs. Thorne and the role of women artists in the creation of the miniature rooms. Included with museum admission. Space is limited. Reserve a spot today by calling (816) 235-8005 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vintage Board Game Night for Grown-Ups
Friday, February 24, 2017 | 6-9PM
$5 General Admission | Free for Members
Don’t have a Clue what to do for your next Mystery Date night? Scrabble over to the museum where we have a Monopoly on classic board games, including some from the Land of Oz. At $5 per person for all-you-can-play games, snacks, and hot cocoa, there’s little Risk involved. Please bring friends that are 18+ for this grown-ups only night.
Members-Only Breakfast with Glinda
Sunday, February 12, 2017 | 10AM-2PM
Members-Only | Free
New Date! Join us for a special viewing of Over the Rainbow: Toys from the Land of Oz and a complimentary pancake breakfast with the Good Witch. Enter the merry ‘ol Land of Oz for pancakes from Chris Cakes, sing-alongs, and photo opportunities. Breakfast is available for the number of people in each membership level: two, six, or twelve people per visit. Become a member today for as little as $25 to attend!
Meet The Experts: Wizard of Oz
Sunday, February 12, 2017 | 2-3PM
Get to know the experts at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures through this monthly exploration of special topics. On February 12, collector Jane Albright will discuss toys inspired by the book and film adaptations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The program includes a lecture and gallery visit. Included with museum admission.
Music in the Museum
Saturday, December 10, 2016 | 1-3PM
Take a break from the hectic holiday season to enjoy traditional holiday music from Simple Strings in the museum’s historic Tureman Education Center. Included with museum admission.
Coleman Dollhouse Opening
Saturday, December 03, 2016 | 10AM-4PM
The annual tradition returns! See the museum’s nine-foot-tall dollhouse decked out for the holiday season. Get up close as museum educators open the doors for a day of in-depth talks about the museum’s largest dollhouse. Talks at 10:30-11:30am, 1-2pm, and 2:30-3:30pm. Included with museum admission.
Friday, November 25, 2016 | 10AM-4PM
In Victorian photographs, children were often posed with their prized toys. During the museum’s day-after-Thanksgiving workshop, bring your favorite toy or choose one from the museum’s education collection to get your snapshot taken and turned into a faux daguerreotype. Then, decorate a case for your new portrait just like those in the temporary exhibit, Forever Young: Victorian Photographs of Children and Their Toys. Included with museum admission.
Forever Young: Victorian Photographs of Children and Their Toys
Saturday, October 08, 2016 — Sunday, March 26, 2017
Before taking a picture was just a click of a button, having a photograph taken was serious business. A portrait was a rare record of not only an individual’s appearance, but their personality and history. Children were posed with their favorite toys giving contemporary viewers a rare glimpse into Victorian childhood. Explore over 100 photographs, including post-mortem portraits, and examples of the toys pictured.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 — Saturday, August 13, 2016 | 1-3:30PM
Explore the museum collection through gallery talks and guided tours, then visit the hands-on workshop to make you own toy or miniature. From paper dolls to ships, each week features a new theme. Included with museum admission. Become a member today to enjoy all ten weeks for free!
Board Game Night for Grown-Ups
Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 5-9PM
$5 General Admission | Free for Members
Don’t have a Clue what to do for your next Mystery Date night? Scrabble over to the museum where we have a Monopoly on classic board games. At $5 per person for all-you-can-play games and retro refreshments, there’s little Risk involved. Please bring friends that are 18+ for this grown-ups only night.
Saturday, April 23, 2016 | 10AM-4PM
Let the art of imagination inspire you at the museum’s first Write-In: a gathering of people writing together at the same time for fun and productivity. Find a comfy spot in the beautiful Tureman Education Center with your laptop or borrow some paper. Prompts featuring the museum collection and tours at 11am and 2pm can help get the creative juices flowing. Snacks will be provided. Included with museum admission.
Stereotypes to Civil Rights: Black Paper Dolls in America
Saturday, February 20, 2016 — Sunday, August 21, 2016
Featuring the private collection of noted author, lecturer, and collector Arabella Grayson, explore the 150-year evolution of cultural images of African Americans in paper dolls from Little Black Sambo and Aunt Jemima to Jackie Robinson and Missy Elliott. Photography is not allowed in this exhibit. Learn more in the press kit.
Art as Ambassador: The Friendship Dolls of 1927
Thursday, November 12, 2015 | 5:30pm Doors Open, 6:00pm Lecture
General Public $10
Members and UMKC Faculty, Staff, and Students Free
Alan Scott Pate, the leading American authority on Japanese dolls, will give a lecture about the American/Japanese Friendship Doll Exchange of 1927 in conjunction with the museum’s special exhibit, Messengers of Goodwill. After his talk, Pate will answer questions in the exhibit gallery, which features 5 of the original Japanese Friendship Dolls, including the museum’s own Miss Fukushima. Seating is limited. RSVP 816.235.8005 or email@example.com
Pedal to the Metal
Saturday, August 01, 2015 — Sunday, August 28, 2016
Experience America’s obsession with four-wheeled vehicles big and small in an exploration of the history, design, and production of pedaled playthings. From the Garton Kiddilac to the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile, see how suburban kids have rolled in style!
Messengers of Goodwill
Saturday, August 01, 2015 — Sunday, January 03, 2016
Discover the story of how dolls were used to mend diplomatic relations. Step into 1920s Japan and America to view five of the three-foot-tall friendship doll ambassadors reunited for the first time since 1927.
Highlights from the Collection of The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 — Sunday, February 22, 2015
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
While the museum was closed for renovations, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art presented a selection of room settings, ceramics, furniture, and silver from T/m’s fine-scale miniature collection. Some of the miniatures featured were replicas of works in the permanent collection of the Nelson-Atkins.
Antiques Roadshow Features T/m
Monday, April 07, 2014 | 7PM CST
Antiques Roadshow host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Marshall Martin visited The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures and gave two of our dollhouses their moment in the spotlight. Don’t miss Kansas City, Hour 2 of Antiques Roadshow at 8/7c!