Museum of Miniature Houses & Other Collections

Museum of Miniature Houses & Other Collections Visit our museum and allow yourself to be transported into delightful magical miniature worlds. The Purposes of the Museum are to preserve and exhibit quality miniature houses, room settings and single pieces, as well as other collections, so that these works of art will not be lost to future generations; to provide educational forums and workshops; to use the exhibits to show the relationship of miniature reproductions to history, architecture and the decorative arts.
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The Museum is a Not-for-Profit organization operating under a 501 (c) (3) tax status. The Museum is supported by a "Friends of The Museum" membership, grants, admissions, donations, and sales from the small Museum shop on the premises and on the eBay site. The museum benefits from the direct services of over 40 volunteers on a regular basis. Over 110,000 guests have toured the Museum from all 50 states and many foreign countries. Visitors include groups from schools and senior residences, as well as individual tourists. The. museum is particularly attractive to intergenerational groups. The regular exhibits at any given time include 15-20 furnished miniature houses, most scaled 1" = 1' and ½" = 1' plus a number of partial houses, rooms, small scenes, and individual items. Temporary exhibits are mounted frequently. We offer a free audio guide, two levels of scavenger hunts, magnifying glasses, stools and chairs. Examples of Other Collections which have been exhibited include private collections of antique hair jewelry, political campaign memorabilia, egg art, antique silhouettes, 18th century pottery, cranberry glass, Victorian fans, antique Valentines, and Depression glass. The Museum is a member of American Association of Museums and Small Museum Association, Hamilton Co. Visitors Bureau, and OneZone Chamber of Commerce. Listed as an attraction in the AAA Tour Guide.

Operating as usual

Our Virtual Gallery: Here's to Good Cheer
12/28/2020

Our Virtual Gallery: Here's to Good Cheer

Our Virtual Gallery: Santa and Mrs. Claus
12/24/2020

Our Virtual Gallery: Santa and Mrs. Claus

Our Virtual Gallery: Images of the Holiday Season
12/23/2020

Our Virtual Gallery: Images of the Holiday Season

Our Virtual Gallery: Christmas Elves
12/21/2020

Our Virtual Gallery: Christmas Elves

Our virtual gallery: Holiday Dolls and Bearsmade by Cheryl Warder, Ann Anderson, Helen Cohen, and Corky Ackman.
12/18/2020

Our virtual gallery: Holiday Dolls and Bears
made by Cheryl Warder, Ann Anderson, Helen Cohen, and Corky Ackman.

Holiday Hours. The museum will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.  We will be op...
12/17/2020

Holiday Hours.
The museum will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
We will be open Dec. 26 and Dec. 27 and Jan. 2 and Jan. 3.
Hours are 11-4 p.m. on Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.
(Credit: Christmas Morning by Selena Ferguson (white sofa) and Christmas Day by Suzanne Landshof)

Our Virtual Gallery: Holiday Treats
12/16/2020

Our Virtual Gallery: Holiday Treats

Our Virtual Gallery: Food by Dorrie Kay
12/14/2020

Our Virtual Gallery: Food by Dorrie Kay

Our Virtual GalleryJudy and Bruce Steinke run BJ Miniatures. Judy found miniatures along with a girlfriend and Bruce bec...
12/11/2020

Our Virtual Gallery
Judy and Bruce Steinke run BJ Miniatures. Judy found miniatures along with a girlfriend and Bruce became a miniaturist when he married Judy - it was part of the deal. They make mostly quarter inch scale items (as shown here) and have been heavily involved in NAME.

Our Virtual Gallery: A Superior HouseholdThese plastic dollhouse pieces were all made by Superior.
12/09/2020

Our Virtual Gallery: A Superior Household
These plastic dollhouse pieces were all made by Superior.

Our Virtual Gallery: Barbara Hill and Barbara DiDonato.Hill is a shop owner of Hill Country Miniatures, Chesterfield, Ne...
12/07/2020

Our Virtual Gallery: Barbara Hill and Barbara DiDonato.
Hill is a shop owner of Hill Country Miniatures, Chesterfield, New Jersey, making miniatures since 1972. She has opened an online shop offering items in 1” scale.
Donato passed away on October 16, 2006 at the age of 62. She lived in Bellmawr, PA. She was an expert seamstress and a master craftsman of dollhouse miniatures.

Our Virtual GalleryTootsietoy is a manufacturer of die cast toy cars and other toys that was originally based in Chicago...
12/04/2020

Our Virtual Gallery
Tootsietoy is a manufacturer of die cast toy cars and other toys that was originally based in Chicago, Illinois. Though the Tootsietoy name has been used since the 1920s, the company's origins date from about 1890. Toys with the Tootsietoy name were consistently popular from the 1930s through the 1990s. Tootsietoy, which is now owned by J. Lloyd International, Inc., is still based in Chicago and makes about 40 million cars per year.

Our Virtual Gallery: An array of useful tools in miniature.
12/02/2020

Our Virtual Gallery: An array of useful tools in miniature.

Our Virtual GalleryA brief look at some of the implements and instruments from times gone by.
11/30/2020

Our Virtual Gallery
A brief look at some of the implements and instruments from times gone by.

Our Virtual Gallery in honor of Native American Heritage Day
11/27/2020

Our Virtual Gallery in honor of Native American Heritage Day

Our Virtual Gallery: The Williamsburg FoundationBy 1900, American toy companies offered real competition to foreign mark...
11/24/2020

Our Virtual Gallery: The Williamsburg Foundation
By 1900, American toy companies offered real competition to foreign markets, creating, in particular, tin and cast iron toys. Colonial Williamsburg’s toy assemblage is rich in these materials.

Our Virtual Gallery: Birds by MAL#ourvirtualgalleryminis
11/20/2020

Our Virtual Gallery: Birds by MAL
#ourvirtualgalleryminis

Our Virtual Gallery: Radio NostalgiaRadios shown here were made by Lew and Barbara Kummerow, Robert L. Carlisle, Renwal,...
11/18/2020

Our Virtual Gallery: Radio Nostalgia
Radios shown here were made by Lew and Barbara Kummerow, Robert L. Carlisle, Renwal, Ideal and Tootsie Toy.

Our Virtual Gallery:Celebrating National Indiana Day, November 16An Indiana farmhouse, an Amish family buggy, Depression...
11/16/2020

Our Virtual Gallery:
Celebrating National Indiana Day, November 16
An Indiana farmhouse, an Amish family buggy, Depression glass, the Hoosier cabinet , maple sugar farm, and a windmill by Gary Elmer, honoring Kendalville IN that had the three largest windmill companies in the US in the late 1800s.

We are pleased to announce that the museum will be open the three days after Thanksgiving.  Hours on Friday Nov. 27 and ...
11/16/2020

We are pleased to announce that the museum will be open the three days after Thanksgiving. Hours on Friday Nov. 27 and Saturday Nov. 28 are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Special exhibits now on display include The Smallest of the Small (1/4" and 1/2" scale), the artistry of Nancy Summers, Dragons on Paper, and vintage baby clothes.

Our Virtual Gallery.  It's National Bundt Pan Day.
11/15/2020

Our Virtual Gallery. It's National Bundt Pan Day.

Our Virtual Gallery: Mini AmericanaJohnny Appleseed by Hantel, Uncle Sam and Betsey Bunny stuffed dolls by Lori Hall, Be...
11/13/2020

Our Virtual Gallery: Mini Americana
Johnny Appleseed by Hantel, Uncle Sam and Betsey Bunny stuffed dolls by Lori Hall, Bearjamin Franklin, Sally Suffragette, a commemorative plate for the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and actor Pat Brady from the Roy Rogers show driving Nellybelle, a 1946 Willys CJ-2A Jeep with some very innovative bodywork. It was in fact owned by Roy, but was driven in the show by his comic sidekick, Pat Brady (1914-1972).

Our Virtual Gallery: The Half-Inch Scale Household of Robert YorenceHalf-inch scale means the miniatures were made on a ...
11/11/2020

Our Virtual Gallery: The Half-Inch Scale Household of Robert Yorence
Half-inch scale means the miniatures were made on a scale of 1/2 inch in miniature for every foot in real life. A six-foot grandfather clock in half-inch scale would be three inches in miniature.

Our Virtual Gallery: Clothes That IdentifyThe dolls and clothes were made by Carol Kubesh, Lorelei Weiss and Ann Anderso...
11/09/2020

Our Virtual Gallery: Clothes That Identify
The dolls and clothes were made by Carol Kubesh, Lorelei Weiss and Ann Anderson.

OUR VIRTUAL GALLERYFerenc J. Albert was born in Hungary in 1931. He received his education in scientific glassblowing at...
11/05/2020

OUR VIRTUAL GALLERY
Ferenc J. Albert was born in Hungary in 1931. He received his education in scientific glassblowing at the Budapest Institute of Technology and he worked at the University until 1956 when he left to come to the USA. He became head of the glassblowing lab at IBM with 18 people working under him. Collectors crave his ability to be able to match antique glass patterns in miniature form. He is a fellow in IGMA and designed the glass parts for Phyllis Tucker, Bruce Phillips, and Scott Hughes for their chandeliers. He also collaborated with Pete Acquisto and his glassware is made to fit absolutely perfectly in the cast frames that Pete makes.

Our Virtual GalleryNovember 3, 2020 may be Election Day in the U.S. but it's also National Sandwich Day.  Enjoy one with...
11/03/2020

Our Virtual Gallery
November 3, 2020 may be Election Day in the U.S. but it's also National Sandwich Day. Enjoy one with us.

Our Virtual GalleryGerald Crawford made a series of furniture pieces based on furniture from the permanent collection of...
10/29/2020

Our Virtual Gallery
Gerald Crawford made a series of furniture pieces based on furniture from the permanent collection of the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library.

Our Virtual GalleryAfter getting an Arts degree from Pierce College, Brian Tepper focused on Native American and Plains ...
10/27/2020

Our Virtual Gallery
After getting an Arts degree from Pierce College, Brian Tepper focused on Native American and Plains Indian Pictographic Art under the name Rainbow Hand

Our Virtual Gallery In Celebration of National Food Day, October 24
10/23/2020

Our Virtual Gallery In Celebration of National Food Day, October 24

Our Virtual Gallery: Garden Style FurnitureIncreases in wire production in the 1870s and advances in iron production enc...
10/21/2020

Our Virtual Gallery: Garden Style Furniture

Increases in wire production in the 1870s and advances in iron production encouraged new forms of furniture. The garden style was popular in the United States throughout the nineteenth century and into the 20th century. Motifs and forms of the Garden style were often derived from the Rococo style, with flora and nature predominating the design. The style was used primarily indoors and found in recreational spots like mountain lodges, vacation homes, or ice cream parlors.

Our Virtual GalleryThe museum's collection comprises hundreds of dining chairs, ranging from wood to plastic and made in...
10/19/2020

Our Virtual Gallery
The museum's collection comprises hundreds of dining chairs, ranging from wood to plastic and made in many different styles from Gothic to Georgian. Here we show some examples made by Ideal Toy Company, Grand Rapids, Marx, Robert Chucka, Dennis Jenvey and Reminiscence.

Our Virtual Gallery: Keeping Food Cool. Cold food storage has changed radically in the last two centuries.  The icebox w...
10/16/2020

Our Virtual Gallery: Keeping Food Cool.
Cold food storage has changed radically in the last two centuries. The icebox was invented by an American farmer and cabinetmaker named Thomas Moore in 1802. He used it to transport butter from his home to the markets. But it wasn’t until the end of the 1800s that households began storing perishable food in iceboxes. They were typically made of wood with a tin or zinc lining packed with straw, sawdust, cork or seaweed for insulation. A large block of ice held in a compartment near the top kept the stored food chilly for a time. The discovery of electricity opened possibilities of electric refrigeration which could keep food cold indefinitely. By 1935, the era of electric refrigeration was common. By 1944, 85 percent of American households featured a refrigerator in the kitchen.

Our Virtual GalleryToday is National Dessert Day.  Let’s celebrate with mini sweets.(Our ongoing Virtual gallery is due ...
10/14/2020

Our Virtual Gallery
Today is National Dessert Day. Let’s celebrate with mini sweets.
(Our ongoing Virtual gallery is due in part to funding provided by Indiana Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities
as part of the CARES Act economic stabilization plan of 2020.)

Our Virtual Gallery:  Musical InstrumentsThe museum has a wonderful collection of superb examples of miniature musical i...
10/12/2020

Our Virtual Gallery: Musical Instruments
The museum has a wonderful collection of superb examples of miniature musical instruments, ranging from banjos to violins to mountain dulcimers.

Our Virtual Gallery: Karen Phillips AnimalsMany miniaturists make tiny animals but Karen Phillips offered animals beyond...
10/08/2020

Our Virtual Gallery: Karen Phillips Animals
Many miniaturists make tiny animals but Karen Phillips offered animals beyond the usual domestic dogs and cats, such as skunks and hedgehogs smaller than a dime.

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111 E Main St
Carmel, IN
46032-1823

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Friday 11:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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I just found out about this place. I would love visit sometime! After Covid, of course. I do fairy gardens and like miniatures.
*** Mark your calendars*** Click on picture to enlarge.
Hi Elaine, I had a great time at the Museum. You have an awesome collection! Gen
Thank you again for this little dino! Enjoyed our tour.