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.

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 s

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 s

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This particular piece, known as the Bridal Staircase, was used to help a young man propose to his girlfriend. Unbeknowns...
09/26/2021

This particular piece, known as the Bridal Staircase, was used to help a young man propose to his girlfriend. Unbeknownst to her, we set her engagement ring on one of the staircase steps and moved the display so the potential groom could have easy access to it. (By the way, she said yes!)

This particular piece, known as the Bridal Staircase, was used to help a young man propose to his girlfriend. Unbeknownst to her, we set her engagement ring on one of the staircase steps and moved the display so the potential groom could have easy access to it. (By the way, she said yes!)

These and other porcelain and Fenton glass shoes are now on display in our Collections Room.  They represent a small por...
09/22/2021

These and other porcelain and Fenton glass shoes are now on display in our Collections Room. They represent a small portion of over 700 glass and porcelain shoes collected by Ruth Pshea, whose daughter, Lorelei, gifted them to the museum in memory of Ruth and her husband Alfred. Enhancing the display is a room box, on loan from Kathy Birk, featuring fabulous artisan-made miniature shoes, boots and purses.

These and other porcelain and Fenton glass shoes are now on display in our Collections Room. They represent a small portion of over 700 glass and porcelain shoes collected by Ruth Pshea, whose daughter, Lorelei, gifted them to the museum in memory of Ruth and her husband Alfred. Enhancing the display is a room box, on loan from Kathy Birk, featuring fabulous artisan-made miniature shoes, boots and purses.

That Macbeth - what a character!  You can find him, and a lot of other full-size and miniature Toby and Character jugs, ...
09/20/2021

That Macbeth - what a character! You can find him, and a lot of other full-size and miniature Toby and Character jugs, on display in our Collections Room. It was in the mid-18th Century when Toby jugs first appeared. How they came to be called Toby jugs is debatable - the most oft-cited theory is they were named after Toby Philpot, a character in a popular tavern song. The jugs were in the form of a full-bodied man who was usually wearing a tricorn hat that formed a pouring spout. Similar "Character" jugs and mugs, comprising only the head and often shoulders, soon followed and eventually both versions became sought after collectibles. There's even an American Toby Mug Museum in Evanston, Illinois, containing over 8,000 Toby and Character jugs. https://www.tobyjugmuseum.com

That Macbeth - what a character! You can find him, and a lot of other full-size and miniature Toby and Character jugs, on display in our Collections Room. It was in the mid-18th Century when Toby jugs first appeared. How they came to be called Toby jugs is debatable - the most oft-cited theory is they were named after Toby Philpot, a character in a popular tavern song. The jugs were in the form of a full-bodied man who was usually wearing a tricorn hat that formed a pouring spout. Similar "Character" jugs and mugs, comprising only the head and often shoulders, soon followed and eventually both versions became sought after collectibles. There's even an American Toby Mug Museum in Evanston, Illinois, containing over 8,000 Toby and Character jugs. https://www.tobyjugmuseum.com

We still have space! Our workshop Upholstering a Window Bench is taking place in the museum on Saturday, October 16th fr...
09/17/2021

We still have space! Our workshop Upholstering a Window Bench is taking place in the museum on Saturday, October 16th from 10 am- 4pm. Students will learn to make a window bench under Nancy Summers. Nancy is a IGMA Fellow, and her work has appeared in featured films. To learn more, check out our Facebook event page, our website, or email Jennifer Borman at [email protected].

We still have space! Our workshop Upholstering a Window Bench is taking place in the museum on Saturday, October 16th from 10 am- 4pm. Students will learn to make a window bench under Nancy Summers. Nancy is a IGMA Fellow, and her work has appeared in featured films. To learn more, check out our Facebook event page, our website, or email Jennifer Borman at [email protected].

Michael Yurkovic, internationally known IGMA Artisan, is back with another amazing workshop: “Let’s Make a Light-Up Cons...
09/15/2021

Michael Yurkovic, internationally known IGMA Artisan, is back with another amazing workshop: “Let’s Make a Light-Up Console TV.” Learn how to create this oh-so-cool version of a 1950s-style television (with rabbit ears!), just like the ones Americans gathered around to watch I Love Lucy and The Twilight Zone. And you get to pick your own TV show for the screen image! This class will definitely be fun and also easy even for those with limited miniature-making experience. There’s no wiring involved - the back is removable for easy access to a battery. The piece measures 5” wide by 1 5/8” deep by 2 ½” high, not including the rabbit ears.
WHERE: The classes will take place at the Museum of Miniature Houses.
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 20, and Sunday, Nov. 21. Both days will begin at 9:00am and finish at 3:00pm.
PRICING: The workshop fee is $295.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: September 13th.
SHOP: Day of class, students are offered a 10% discount in the shop.
AGES: For ages 16+.
RVSP: For more information or to register, contact Jennifer at [email protected] or 317-575-9466.

Michael Yurkovic, internationally known IGMA Artisan, is back with another amazing workshop: “Let’s Make a Light-Up Console TV.” Learn how to create this oh-so-cool version of a 1950s-style television (with rabbit ears!), just like the ones Americans gathered around to watch I Love Lucy and The Twilight Zone. And you get to pick your own TV show for the screen image! This class will definitely be fun and also easy even for those with limited miniature-making experience. There’s no wiring involved - the back is removable for easy access to a battery. The piece measures 5” wide by 1 5/8” deep by 2 ½” high, not including the rabbit ears.
WHERE: The classes will take place at the Museum of Miniature Houses.
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 20, and Sunday, Nov. 21. Both days will begin at 9:00am and finish at 3:00pm.
PRICING: The workshop fee is $295.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: September 13th.
SHOP: Day of class, students are offered a 10% discount in the shop.
AGES: For ages 16+.
RVSP: For more information or to register, contact Jennifer at [email protected] or 317-575-9466.

The Museum of Miniature Houses is proud to be a grant recipient of the Arts Recovery Program from the Indiana Arts Commi...
09/13/2021

The Museum of Miniature Houses is proud to be a grant recipient of the Arts Recovery Program from the Indiana Arts Commission. The Arts Recovery Program is supported by the American Rescue Plan Act, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Arts Midwest. Thank you to our congressional representatives for your support of the creative sector, and for the recognition of the role that arts and culture play in our nation’s recovery.
https://www.in.gov/arts/programs-and-services/funding/arts-recovery-program/

The Museum of Miniature Houses is proud to be a grant recipient of the Arts Recovery Program from the Indiana Arts Commission. The Arts Recovery Program is supported by the American Rescue Plan Act, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Arts Midwest. Thank you to our congressional representatives for your support of the creative sector, and for the recognition of the role that arts and culture play in our nation’s recovery.
https://www.in.gov/arts/programs-and-services/funding/arts-recovery-program/

On display for the first time, the Museum of Miniature Houses presents an exhibit consisting entirely of Chrysnbon piece...
09/08/2021

On display for the first time, the Museum of Miniature Houses presents an exhibit consisting entirely of Chrysnbon pieces decorated and arranged by Chrysnbon founder Judy Berman. This temporary exhibit is on display in the front room of the museum and is a must see! Visit during our hours of operation, Friday-Saturday 11-4, and Sunday 1-4. We’ll see you then!

On display for the first time, the Museum of Miniature Houses presents an exhibit consisting entirely of Chrysnbon pieces decorated and arranged by Chrysnbon founder Judy Berman. This temporary exhibit is on display in the front room of the museum and is a must see! Visit during our hours of operation, Friday-Saturday 11-4, and Sunday 1-4. We’ll see you then!

Our museum would not be possible without our amazing volunteers, and we need more help! With your help, we’ll be able to...
09/07/2021

Our museum would not be possible without our amazing volunteers, and we need more help! With your help, we’ll be able to increase our hours of operations, lead incredible tours, and more! Learn more today at www.museumofminiatures.org.

Our museum would not be possible without our amazing volunteers, and we need more help! With your help, we’ll be able to increase our hours of operations, lead incredible tours, and more! Learn more today at www.museumofminiatures.org.

Miniature Portraits are examples of great talent, patience, and commitment. In Europe the earliest Miniature Portraits a...
08/31/2021
A History of the Portrait Miniature - Victoria and Albert Museum

Miniature Portraits are examples of great talent, patience, and commitment. In Europe the earliest Miniature Portraits appeared as far back as the 1500s in the French and English courts. The earliest examples were painted by two Netherlandish miniaturists, Jean Clouet working in France and Lucas Horenbout in England. You can learn more about the history from the Victoria and Albert Museum: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/h/a-history-of-the-portrait-miniature/

Miniatures were first painted to decorate and illustrate hand-written books. Indeed, the word 'miniature' comes from the Latin word 'miniare'. This means 'to colour with red lead', a practice that was used for the capital letters.

Have you visited the Inspiration Room? Not only is it an additional place to shop for minis, the “Inspiration Room” has ...
08/26/2021

Have you visited the Inspiration Room? Not only is it an additional place to shop for minis, the “Inspiration Room” has 81 room boxes and vignettes on display, all of which show the artists’ unique approaches to building or decorating their pieces. We are open to walk-in visitors on Wednesdays from 10 am-4 pm, and by appointment Mondays-Tuesdays, and Thursdays-Fridays. Admission is $5 per person, which will be credited towards a store purchase. Location is at 1089 SW 3rd Ave., Suite 110, Carmel. Contact Mary Mauer at [email protected] to schedule a visit!

This set of Jacks is at one inch scale. That means 1 inch= 1 foot. You can see a real Jack for comparison. Did you play ...
08/23/2021

This set of Jacks is at one inch scale. That means 1 inch= 1 foot. You can see a real Jack for comparison. Did you play with Jacks as a kid?

This set of Jacks is at one inch scale. That means 1 inch= 1 foot. You can see a real Jack for comparison. Did you play with Jacks as a kid?

Are you a miniaturist? Well, we have an event for you! Our workshop Upholstering a Window Bench is taking place in our I...
08/20/2021

Are you a miniaturist? Well, we have an event for you! Our workshop Upholstering a Window Bench is taking place in our Inspiration Room on Saturday, October 16th from 10 am- 4pm. Students will learn to make a window bench under Nancy Summers. Nancy is a IGMA Fellow, and her work has appeared in featured films. To learn more, check out our facebook event page or email Jennifer Borman at [email protected].

Are you a miniaturist? Well, we have an event for you! Our workshop Upholstering a Window Bench is taking place in our Inspiration Room on Saturday, October 16th from 10 am- 4pm. Students will learn to make a window bench under Nancy Summers. Nancy is a IGMA Fellow, and her work has appeared in featured films. To learn more, check out our facebook event page or email Jennifer Borman at [email protected].

This miniature is a 1/32 scale of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing on July 24th, 1969.
08/19/2021

This miniature is a 1/32 scale of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing on July 24th, 1969.

This miniature is a 1/32 scale of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing on July 24th, 1969.

Today is the last day of posting highlights from our Teacups, Etc. exhibit. Embellishments to the display case were prov...
08/17/2021

Today is the last day of posting highlights from our Teacups, Etc. exhibit. Embellishments to the display case were provided by Marilyn Schaefer and Suzie Moffett, who also added items from the Museum’s Collection. These teapot displays contains delicate porcelain tea services in various settings. Of the photos included, which is your favorite? We hope you enjoyed your sneak peek into our exhibit and encourage you to see the real thing!

In our Teapots, Etc. exhibit you’ll notice a piece that stands out for its design and uniqueness. The teapot is known as...
08/16/2021

In our Teapots, Etc. exhibit you’ll notice a piece that stands out for its design and uniqueness. The teapot is known as a Reverse Flowing Pot. If you look closely, you’ll notice the lid is not removeable. The bottom of the pot has a hole and when it’s turned right side up an inverted funnel keeps the tea from spilling out.

In our Teapots, Etc. exhibit you’ll notice a piece that stands out for its design and uniqueness. The teapot is known as a Reverse Flowing Pot. If you look closely, you’ll notice the lid is not removeable. The bottom of the pot has a hole and when it’s turned right side up an inverted funnel keeps the tea from spilling out.

The Rose Tree Cottage and the cabinet of “Tea-ish” items were both created by artist Selena Ferguson and are on display ...
08/13/2021

The Rose Tree Cottage and the cabinet of “Tea-ish” items were both created by artist Selena Ferguson and are on display in our Teapots, Etc. exhibit. Notice the interior decorations of the cottage. Miniaturists go above and beyond to create realistic settings. The cabinet of tea-ish items contains delicate pieces, portraying different settings. Miniatures don’t have to be in just houses; they can be built into anything and be in any size.

The first of the highlights from our Teapots, Etc. exhibit features “life- sized” teapots. They may look real, but these...
08/12/2021

The first of the highlights from our Teapots, Etc. exhibit features “life- sized” teapots. They may look real, but these teapots are made from paper clay and were decorated by artist Linda Farris. The interiors were furnished by museum cofounder Suzie Moffett. Notice the beautiful detail to the teapot, and the complementary color coordination and matching theme of the interior. It goes to show you what artists can create when working together.

08/12/2021

Have you checked out our Teapots, Etc. exhibit? Featuring the works of five artists, the Teapot, Etc. exhibit explores the use of teapots in miniatures. Keep an eye out for our series of highlights from the exhibit, coming to you over the next few days. To see the exhibit itself, visit the museum during open hours, Friday-Saturday 11-4, and Sunday 1-4.

Did you know we have a store? You can buy on our eBay page at  carmelminiaturemuseum, in the museum store, and at our of...
08/09/2021

Did you know we have a store? You can buy on our eBay page at carmelminiaturemuseum, in the museum store, and at our offsite Inspiration Room!

Did you know we have a store? You can buy on our eBay page at carmelminiaturemuseum, in the museum store, and at our offsite Inspiration Room!

The Three Winged Conservatory came to the museum without any interior decoration. Using our personal collection, we adde...
08/03/2021

The Three Winged Conservatory came to the museum without any interior decoration. Using our personal collection, we added the furniture, plants, and more.

The Three Winged Conservatory came to the museum without any interior decoration. Using our personal collection, we added the furniture, plants, and more.

We need your help! The museum relies on volunteers and we’re recruiting. If you’re passionate about miniatures, architec...
07/30/2021
Volunteer

We need your help! The museum relies on volunteers and we’re recruiting. If you’re passionate about miniatures, architecture, fine art, and giving back to the community, sign up today! Benefits include family membership, a 10% discount in the museum shop and discounts for workshops, and the opportunity to meet people from around the country! Availability includes Wednesday-Sunday. We’re urgently recruiting Wednesday and Thursday volunteers. https://museumofminiatures.org/volunteer/

Volunteer Opportunities Volunteers to work at the museum. Each month this is the highest on our priority list. A volunteer docent (museum attendant)

We’re back! It’s been a while since we’ve posted, and we’re excited to start again. Today, we’re taking a look at the 22...
07/30/2021

We’re back! It’s been a while since we’ve posted, and we’re excited to start again. Today, we’re taking a look at the 221B Baker Street house. Made by LaVerne Sullivan c.1992, this house was a request by LaVerne’s daughter. It’s full of clues from Sherlock’s cases. If you’re a fan, let us know what case a clue alludes to!

We’re back! It’s been a while since we’ve posted, and we’re excited to start again. Today, we’re taking a look at the 221B Baker Street house. Made by LaVerne Sullivan c.1992, this house was a request by LaVerne’s daughter. It’s full of clues from Sherlock’s cases. If you’re a fan, let us know what case a clue alludes to!

Great news!  The museum and the shop are expanding!  Well, sort of.  Because we have so many wonderful pieces in our col...
03/19/2021

Great news! The museum and the shop are expanding! Well, sort of. Because we have so many wonderful pieces in our collection, but only so much room to display them in the museum, and because our shop isn't big enough to hold all of our inventory, we have turned our office on 3rd Avenue into an extension of the museum. Not only is it an additional place to shop for minis, the new "Inspiration Room" has 81 room boxes and vignettes on display, all of which show the artists' unique approaches to building or decorating their pieces. Come see these examples of innovative techniques and get inspired for your next project!

The Inspiration Room is available by appointment only. Please email the museum at [email protected] to schedule a time. Admission is $5.00 and is refundable towards same-day shop purchases. Admission is free for museum members. The Inspiration Room is located at 1089 SW 3rd Ave., Suite 110, Carmel

http://museumofminiatures.org/news/introducing-the-inspiration-room/

Great news! The museum and the shop are expanding! Well, sort of. Because we have so many wonderful pieces in our collection, but only so much room to display them in the museum, and because our shop isn't big enough to hold all of our inventory, we have turned our office on 3rd Avenue into an extension of the museum. Not only is it an additional place to shop for minis, the new "Inspiration Room" has 81 room boxes and vignettes on display, all of which show the artists' unique approaches to building or decorating their pieces. Come see these examples of innovative techniques and get inspired for your next project!

The Inspiration Room is available by appointment only. Please email the museum at [email protected] to schedule a time. Admission is $5.00 and is refundable towards same-day shop purchases. Admission is free for museum members. The Inspiration Room is located at 1089 SW 3rd Ave., Suite 110, Carmel

http://museumofminiatures.org/news/introducing-the-inspiration-room/

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Saturday 11am - 4pm
Sunday 1pm - 4pm

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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.
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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.