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.
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The Purposes of the Museum is 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. The Museum is a Not-for-Profit organization operating under a 501 (c) (3) tax status granted to the Museum by the Internal Revenue Service. The Museum is supported by a "Friends of The Museum" membership, grants, admission donations, and sales from the small Museum shop. The museum benefits from the direct services of over 40 volunteers on a regular basis. Over 70,000 guests have toured the Museum from all 50 states and many foreign countries. Visitors include schools, retirement homes, individual tourists, and tour bus groups. There is an active Girl Scout program providing the opportunity to earn badges while learning about interior design, architecture, spatial relationships, and history. The regular exhibits at any given time include 10-15 furnished miniature houses, most scaled 1" = 1' and ½" = 1' plus a number of partial houses, rooms, small scenes, and an artisan display case. Displays are changed seasonally. 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 Association of Indiana Museums, Hamilton Co. Visitors Bureau, Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association, and Carmel Chamber of Commerce. Listed as an attraction in the AAA Tour Guide and Indianapolis Star.

11/12/2019

Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship for Wednesday Nov. 13 is cancelled due to unavailability of the artist. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Feature of the WeekExamples of our miniature houses.  Note especially the early American house by Betty McKean
11/06/2019

Feature of the Week
Examples of our miniature houses. Note especially the early American house by Betty McKean

Feature of the Week:  Room BoxesThe museum has more than one hundred room boxes in all kinds of settings.  Here we've di...
10/29/2019

Feature of the Week: Room Boxes
The museum has more than one hundred room boxes in all kinds of settings. Here we've displayed a few of them.
The museum is open Weds-Sat, 11 to 4 and Sunday 1-4.

Feature of the Week:  Selected works by museum co-founder Suzie Moffett.These include a scene from Twelve Dancing Prince...
10/25/2019

Feature of the Week: Selected works by museum co-founder Suzie Moffett.
These include a scene from Twelve Dancing Princesses that has 150 lights in one setting, a Valentine House, a Unicorn Museum, a child's room, and a Texan Villa.

Looking for hand carved holiday gifts and decorations?This Wednesday, Oct. 23, join us for Celebrations of Creativity an...
10/21/2019

Looking for hand carved holiday gifts and decorations?
This Wednesday, Oct. 23, join us for Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship at noon to see
David Schotter demonstrate his wood carvings of caricatures, Santa Claus (his specialty), cowboys, Hillbillys, bears, animals, and faces in driftwood, etc., using only knives, chisels and hand tools.
Admission to this event is free.

Feature of the Week:New to our collection, tiny dolls made by Pat Kunstman from the Nancy Keegstra Collection. The one i...
10/16/2019

Feature of the Week:
New to our collection, tiny dolls made by Pat Kunstman from the Nancy Keegstra Collection. The one in the white dress is designed as Scarlett O'Hara.

Feature of the Week:  Le ChateauThis lovely French Chateau travelled from Wheeling West Virginia, and is a gift to the m...
10/02/2019

Feature of the Week: Le Chateau
This lovely French Chateau travelled from Wheeling West Virginia, and is a gift to the museum from Dr. & Mrs. Alan Fawcett. They had the shell built by Richard Shurtz in 1991 in Pittsburgh, PA. It is patterned after the Boyer Chateau in Reims, France, which the Fawcetts visited in 1990 to celebrate Dr. Fawcett’s seventieth birthday. Dr. Fawcett did a spectacular job of wiring (he is a retired eye surgeon) and the couple spent the next several years finding the elegant and perfect furnishings.
Of particular note is the rosewood dining room furniture made by Art Russell. He spent many years in tool design before conquering the world of miniatures after retirement.

It’s that time of the year to think about buying a special someone a dollhouse.  We have both pre-made dollhouses rangin...
09/27/2019

It’s that time of the year to think about buying a special someone a dollhouse.
We have both pre-made dollhouses ranging in price from $75.00 to $300.00.
We have kits available that start at $25.00 and go to $95.00 for an elaborate Victorian.
We have 2- and 3-story houses. We have electrified and non-electrified houses.
We have houses that are more than 3 feet wide, nearly three feet high and two-feet deep and smaller ones as well.
We have empty dollhouses and partially furnished ones.
We have great gift ideas. And a shop that is open five days a week full of furniture and accessories for you to finish your newly-found home.

Our feature of the week is the Georgian Colonial house commissioned by Dorothy Stickles. When Dorothy died, she designat...
09/25/2019

Our feature of the week is the Georgian Colonial house commissioned by Dorothy Stickles. When Dorothy died, she designated that her entire miniature collection go to a not-for-profit museum and the Museum of Miniature Houses was the lucky recipient.

All of her houses are very American oriented. This one in particular is set in 1780. You don’t see any lampshades or the usual type of lighting devices. There are no modern conveniences in the kitchen either.

The furnishings are exquisite, having been crafted by well-known artists. The carpets were done by Mrs. Stickles herself.

Join us on Wednesday Sept. 25 for a weaving demonstration.  Linda Adamson will also tell us how she became an Indiana Ar...
09/24/2019

Join us on Wednesday Sept. 25 for a weaving demonstration. Linda Adamson will also tell us how she became an Indiana Artisan.
Noon at Museum of Miniature Houses, 111 East Main Street. Admission is free.

Feature of the Week: Pamela Throop's ShanungaPam Throop completed “Shanunga,” a quaint Nantucket Island whaler’s cottage...
09/18/2019

Feature of the Week: Pamela Throop's Shanunga

Pam Throop completed “Shanunga,” a quaint Nantucket Island whaler’s cottage in 1993. The miniature house is a replica of an actual home, one of the oldest cottages in Siasconset, a village on Nantucket Island. The house was built in 1682, enlarged in 1780, and is one of the few houses on Nantucket that remains relatively unaltered since the 19th century, and named after the owner's ill-fated ship. It took Throop more than 2,000 hours to complete Shanunga.

With a master’s degree in American History and Anthropology, Throop had a knowledgeable eye for detail in her miniatures. Her care and skill for such endeavors did not go unnoticed. The International Guild of Miniature Artisan honored Throop as a Fellow.

Throop’s research for Shanunga was thorough. She traveled to Nantucket Island in June 1992. There, she went through several Siasconset cottages to take pictures and measurements.

Though her research was exhaustive, Throop still took to artistic freedom in decorating and furnishing Shanunga. Many of the furnishings and decorations are romanticized. They are not exact replicas of what would have been in the home, but, rather, they are the best of what could have been in the home. Throop said her goal was to capture the essence of the home, its soul.

Our Favorite Hobbies special exhibit is now open.  See how miniaturists interpret game night to fishing to tool sheds to...
09/12/2019

Our Favorite Hobbies special exhibit is now open.
See how miniaturists interpret game night to fishing to tool sheds to miniaturist work space and more.
The exhibit as well as the permanent collection are included in the price of admission.

Join us for Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship, Wednesday Sept. 11 at noon.   Free admissionEnjoy Tim Kennedy’...
09/09/2019

Join us for Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship, Wednesday Sept. 11 at noon. Free admission
Enjoy Tim Kennedy’s presentation about his wood art.
Tim is a woodturner who lives and works in Fishers, Indiana. He is best known for using a lathe to achieve graceful curving lines.
With rustic and classic elements incorporated into simplistic, contemporary design, his work ranges from small spinning tops to large wall hangings.
Every piece focuses on the natural beauty of wood, which is often enhanced through weathering, burning, or sandblasting.

Feature of the Week: Joan D'Arc statue made by Tom Latene.Joan D'Arc was a French heroine of the 15th century, knownfor ...
09/06/2019

Feature of the Week: Joan D'Arc statue made by Tom Latene.
Joan D'Arc was a French heroine of the 15th century, knownfor her role during the Hundred Year's War when, as a young girl, she vanquished the invading British Army.
Later on, she was charged with heresy and burned at the stake. In 1920, Pope Benedict XV canonized Joan D'Arc, making her the patron saint of France.
During World War II, Margaret Mitchell was a young girl living in France under the Nazi occupation. She was constantly fearful for herself and her Jewish friends and turned to Joan D'Arc for inspiration. Her later husband Ed commission this miniature replica of the suit of armor worn by Joan D'Arc in !985 at the cost of $980.86. Tom Latene of Pepin, Wisconsin, crafted the piece. He has only made four suits of armor in miniature.
We show it below as it appears on display.

Feature of the Week:The Dollie Shop from the Collection of Bea and Harold Abbott.  They started buying dolls and bears f...
08/30/2019

Feature of the Week:
The Dollie Shop from the Collection of Bea and Harold Abbott. They started buying dolls and bears for the shop in 1987. The shop was custom-made by Toni Miller's husband and painted by Toni Miller. The shop was finished in 1993. Most of the dolls were artisan-made by Dorothy Haw, Carol Kubesh, Sally Miller and Royce Piro.
In all, there are 360 dolls and bears in the shop.

Please join us for a free solo jazz concert by Eric Garcia at the museum on Weds. August 28 at noon.  This is part of ou...
08/26/2019

Please join us for a free solo jazz concert by Eric Garcia at the museum on Weds. August 28 at noon. This is part of our Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship series.

Feature of the Week: Victoria's ChoiceSuzanne Landshof, a Museum co-founder, made a house called Victoria’s Choice from ...
08/23/2019

Feature of the Week: Victoria's Choice
Suzanne Landshof, a Museum co-founder, made a house called Victoria’s Choice from a kit sold by Real Good Toys Company.
She did all of the finishing, window treatments, curtains, bedding, and most of the carpets. She also made 17 pieces of the furniture, mostly in Early American style. The roof has over 2000 shingles.
Always a lover of blue, Suzanne coordinated the house using blue as a predominant color, trying to keep in mind that the eye can take in several miniature rooms at once. The curtains in the nursery are from a turn-of-the-century petticoat. And the living room curtains are from a 1930’s silk blouse, the cuffs cover the cornices. The dining room “portrait” is a photo of one of a pair of Micah Williams pastels, owned by Suzanne’s family.
Some interesting Victorian pieces help to update the décor to the 1881 setting. Also, Pinocchio was written in 1881. If you look closely you can see him with his friend Jiminy Cricket in the nursery.
While the general integrity of the house was kept, some modifications were made to the original house. The bay window in the living room, banisters, and all woodwork were added. The shutters, seven pieces in all, were made by Suzanne’s husband, Tom (note the working hardware). He also did all the electrical work.

Don't forget.  Free presentation of wood turned art by Dick Gerard at the Museum of Miniature Houses on Main Street Wedn...
08/13/2019

Don't forget. Free presentation of wood turned art by Dick Gerard at the Museum of Miniature Houses on Main Street Wednesday August 14 at noon.

Tune in at 1:00 p.m. to hear Caitlin Rogers, Collection Manager of the Museum of Miniature Houses
08/08/2019

Tune in at 1:00 p.m. to hear Caitlin Rogers, Collection Manager of the Museum of Miniature Houses

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We proudly announce that we have received another Regional Initiative Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission made possib...
08/05/2019

We proudly announce that we have received another Regional Initiative Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission made possible by appropriated funds from the Indiana State Legislature in conjunction with federally appropriated funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant is for Arts Organization Support.

As the chair of the Indiana Arts Commission, Allan C. Platt, III and the Executive Director of the Indiana Arts Commission, Lewis Ricci, wrote in the award letter, “not every grant proposal made to the Indiana Arts Commission receives funding. The merit of your program was deemed worthy of funding by an impartial, highly qualified grant review panel.”

Feature of the Week:  Room Four showcases the half-inch scale San Francisco Queen Anne house done by Suzie Moffett, who ...
07/31/2019

Feature of the Week: Room Four showcases the half-inch scale San Francisco Queen Anne house done by Suzie Moffett, who co-founded the museum 26 years ago.

Feature of the Week:  Diana Dalton's house named The Tropic. Diana was the wife of a Standard Oil of Indiana executive a...
07/24/2019

Feature of the Week: Diana Dalton's house named The Tropic. Diana was the wife of a Standard Oil of Indiana executive and lived all over the world. She had gone to Parsons School of Design in New York and, to keep her hand in interior design, got into miniatures while she lived in countries including Pakistan, Egypt Venezuela and the UK. Many of the pieces in The Tropic were purchased in England. Diana was also imaginative and, if she couldn’t find something like the bed on the upper floor, she would just make it from scratch.

Create Your Own Mini Art at the Museum this Wednesday, July 24 at noon.  Admission is free.  Attached are some samples o...
07/22/2019

Create Your Own Mini Art at the Museum this Wednesday, July 24 at noon. Admission is free. Attached are some samples of what our guests have made.

07/17/2019

Extraordinary opportunity to see one of the largest collections of miniature books in the world.

The Miniature Book Society Conclave ###VII will be at the Lilly Library on IU Bloomington campus, August 9-11, 2019. It features a display of MBS past member Ruth Adomeit Miniature Book Collection. The Adomeit collection ranges the entire history of human record keeping in miniature form, from cuneiform tablets of circa 2000 B.C. to contemporary small press and artists' books.

The Book Fair will be open to the public 11:00-4:00 on Sunday, August 11.

Miniature books are defined as under 3” in size, are usually hand-bound, and limited in number.

Nice review of the museum.
07/15/2019
Little Miss Martha Blog

Nice review of the museum.

We’ve been busy running around town visiting new and old favorites before summer is over, as we all know it will inevitably come to an end. And since it’s been so hot you could melt, it got us thinking of some of our favorite indoor spots where you can beat the heat for a bit. ⁣

Last summer we visited the Museum of Miniature Houses & Other Collections in Carmel and we are still talking about it. Especially since we are heading out later today to pick up things for our new dollhouse redo. You’ll find so many teeny tiny things to look at like mini flowers that look real and tiny ladies gloves on miniature chaises! Spend an hour or an afternoon… and it’s kid friendly. ⁣

If you are looking for a way to stay cool over the next couple weeks, consider a quick walk down Main Street in Carmel, grab a bite at Woody's Library, and then pop into a magical world of miniatures where you are sure to fall in love with this little hidden gem!⁣

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Feature of the Week from the museum's permanent collection:Hundreds of artisan pieces were acquired and given to the Mus...
07/10/2019

Feature of the Week from the museum's permanent collection:
Hundreds of artisan pieces were acquired and given to the Museum by the late Harold and Bea Abbott, avid Indianapolis miniaturists. Many are displayed in the artisan case in room 2.

07/01/2019

The museum is closed on July 4th. We re-open on Friday at 11:00.

Of all the displays in the collection, this is one of my favorites.  I tear up just thinking about it.
06/17/2019

Of all the displays in the collection, this is one of my favorites. I tear up just thinking about it.

Feature of the Week on display at the museum: The Thomas Russell house.
The oldest dollhouse in the museum’s collection was made by Thomas Russell in 1861. He made it for his niece. He was born in 1794 and emigrated to America in 1832. Tacked inside the wall of the bottom right room, we found a poem he wrote which ends,
Expecting soon to have Done with the Cares of this World
For those That yet may Live
When I am Dead and Gone
I Build This Little House.
For Them To Look Upon.
It may be Friends or kindred Dear,
Will Think on me Another Year.

Little did Thomas know that visitors from all fifty states and over a dozen foreign countries each year would be looking upon and enjoying the house he made in 1861.

Feature of the Week on display at the museum:  The Thomas Russell house.The oldest dollhouse in the museum’s collection ...
06/17/2019

Feature of the Week on display at the museum: The Thomas Russell house.
The oldest dollhouse in the museum’s collection was made by Thomas Russell in 1861. He made it for his niece. He was born in 1794 and emigrated to America in 1832. Tacked inside the wall of the bottom right room, we found a poem he wrote which ends,
Expecting soon to have Done with the Cares of this World
For those That yet may Live
When I am Dead and Gone
I Build This Little House.
For Them To Look Upon.
It may be Friends or kindred Dear,
Will Think on me Another Year.

Little did Thomas know that visitors from all fifty states and over a dozen foreign countries each year would be looking upon and enjoying the house he made in 1861.

Don't miss singing sensation Maria Diebolt at the Museum of Miniature Houses on Wednesday, June 12 at noon.Admission is ...
06/10/2019

Don't miss singing sensation Maria Diebolt at the Museum of Miniature Houses on Wednesday, June 12 at noon.
Admission is free.
#MariaDiebolt

Our new exhibit:  This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Two of Us: Scenes from the American West in Miniature. Photos here ...
06/07/2019

Our new exhibit: This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Two of Us: Scenes from the American West in Miniature.
Photos here include Ella Reulbach's First Bank of the West and paintings by William Stephen Kubesh.

Feature of the Week from our permanent collectionArtisan pieces acquired and given to the Museum by the late Harold and ...
06/06/2019

Feature of the Week from our permanent collection

Artisan pieces acquired and given to the Museum by the late Harold and Bea Abbott, avid Indianapolis miniaturists, including working clocks.

Our Shop is Full of Miniature WondersThe Museum of Miniature Houses has one of the best shops for miniature accessories ...
05/31/2019

Our Shop is Full of Miniature Wonders
The Museum of Miniature Houses has one of the best shops for miniature accessories and furniture in the Midwest. There is never an admission fee to browse in our shop. We have fruits and vegetables, chairs, tables and beds, holiday-themed items, animals, kitchenware, wallpaper, and more. Hours are 11-4 Wednesday through Saturday and 1-4 on Sunday.

#TheCraftyMillennial is a frequent shopper with us. Attached are some photos of a recent project. Items in the house that were purchased from the museum store include: leather chair, rug, lamp, mirror, china cabinet, living room chairs, rose arrangement, candlesticks, front door, pink flower in a white urn, front door lamp and the framed photograph of the lady.

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111 E Main St
Carmel, IN
46032-1823

Opening Hours

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

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(317) 575-9466

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