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.

05/16/2019
Dang Travelers

This is what we call the 15 room house by Dorothy Stickle made in the 1980s for more than $8,000.

One stop yesterday was at an emporium of all things tiny at the Museum of Miniatures in Carmel. Can you even imagine the patience someone has to have to make these intricate pieces?! Most miniatures are created in the one inch scale, although some are 1/2 inch, and a few even in the 1/4 inch scale.

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Feature of the Week from our permanent collection:The California Contemporary house, created and donated by Mrs. Bernice...
05/09/2019

Feature of the Week from our permanent collection:
The California Contemporary house, created and donated by Mrs. Bernice Wolf. Mrs. Wolf found the living room and bedroom sections in an antique shop and she added the rest of the home.

Taking this photo - not easy when the backdrop is all mirrors. The bar is so beautiful. Invaluable addition to our colle...
05/04/2019

Taking this photo - not easy when the backdrop is all mirrors. The bar is so beautiful. Invaluable addition to our collection.

Feature of the week: we have a bar made by Mrs. Thorne of the famous Thorne Rooms.

Miniature room settings achieved a rebirth in the 20th century through the work of Mrs. Narcissa Niblack Thorne. Born in 1882 in Vincennes, Indiana, she later married James Ward Thorne, the heir to the Montgomery Ward department store fortune, while they were quite young, leaving her to pursue her artwork.

She melded her childhood fascination with miniatures to her love of the grand and stately interiors of centuries past that she encountered during her many travels to Europe and the American Northeast. Beginning in 1930, she began creating miniature rooms that displayed interiors from European periods and then later from American periods. By 1940, Thorne and her extensive team of expert craftspeople had created more than 100 rooms, the bulk of which are on permanent display at the Art Institute of Chicago.

In the 1950s, Mrs. Thorne created specialty settings that she would then donate to charity events to be auctioned. The exotic bar scene was one of these creations, which Mrs. and Mr. Samuel Levin gave to the Museum of Miniature Houses after they purchased it from the auction’s successful bidder.

Feature of the week:  we have a bar made by Mrs. Thorne of the famous Thorne Rooms.Miniature room settings achieved a re...
05/03/2019

Feature of the week: we have a bar made by Mrs. Thorne of the famous Thorne Rooms.

Miniature room settings achieved a rebirth in the 20th century through the work of Mrs. Narcissa Niblack Thorne. Born in 1882 in Vincennes, Indiana, she later married James Ward Thorne, the heir to the Montgomery Ward department store fortune, while they were quite young, leaving her to pursue her artwork.

She melded her childhood fascination with miniatures to her love of the grand and stately interiors of centuries past that she encountered during her many travels to Europe and the American Northeast. Beginning in 1930, she began creating miniature rooms that displayed interiors from European periods and then later from American periods. By 1940, Thorne and her extensive team of expert craftspeople had created more than 100 rooms, the bulk of which are on permanent display at the Art Institute of Chicago.

In the 1950s, Mrs. Thorne created specialty settings that she would then donate to charity events to be auctioned. The exotic bar scene was one of these creations, which Mrs. and Mr. Samuel Levin gave to the Museum of Miniature Houses after they purchased it from the auction’s successful bidder.

Feature of the week from our permanent collection:  Victoria’s Choice by  Suzanne Landshof, a Museum co-founder, who d...
04/24/2019

Feature of the week from our permanent collection: Victoria’s Choice by Suzanne Landshof, a Museum co-founder, who did all of the finishing, window treatments, curtains, bedding, and most of the carpets. She also made 17 pieces of the furniture.. The roof has over 2000 shingles.
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.
While the general integrity of the house kit sold by Real Good Toys Company was kept, some modifications were made. 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 (note the working hardware). He also did all the electrical work.

04/16/2019

A big thank-you to the hundreds of people who came to our annual attic sale last Saturday. And, another thank-you to all of our committed volunteers.
Net proceeds came close to our record.
The board and staff of the museum very much appreciate the support.
See you next April!

Don't miss Ken Rabbers' exquisite nature photography on display this Wednesday, April 10.  At noon Ken will tell us abou...
04/08/2019

Don't miss Ken Rabbers' exquisite nature photography on display this Wednesday, April 10. At noon Ken will tell us about his inspirations and approach.

This program is free.

Three events coming up at the museum in the next few weeks.Breyer Fun Day is tomorrow March 30 from 11-2.  You get to pa...
03/29/2019

Three events coming up at the museum in the next few weeks.
Breyer Fun Day is tomorrow March 30 from 11-2. You get to paint and take home a Breyer horse.

Ken Rabbers presents his exquisite landscape photography on Wednesday April 10 at noon.

Our annual Attic Sale takes place on Saturday April 13 from 9-3.

Don't forget Wednesday's special event at noon.  It's free. It's fun. And you get to hear professional storyteller Sally...
03/26/2019

Don't forget Wednesday's special event at noon.
It's free. It's fun. And you get to hear professional storyteller Sally Perkins tell us stories about how some of our favorite songs came to be.

Feel free to bring your lunch.

This Wednesday, March 13, don't miss our Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship featuring jewelry maker Gloria Sch...
03/11/2019

This Wednesday, March 13, don't miss our Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship featuring jewelry maker Gloria Schotter.
It starts at noon so bring your lunch if you wish. Admission is free to this event.

Gloria says of her beginnings, “I have been creative and artsy since I was a kid! There is nothing better as a child than the smell of a new box if Crayola 64 with the sharpener in the side! As far as making jewelry is concerned, it's been a long journey! My style has evolved with each new technique I learned! I think I have developed an eclectic collection that is pleasing to many.”

Gloria’s art career began with joining the Air Force as a Graphic Artist and continued as a DOD Navy Employee as a Visual Information Specialist in Hawaii. My next journey in art began in Alaska as a Professional Picture Framer which continued until my retirement from Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany.

Did you know that the Museum has a You Tube Channel?  Go to YouTube.com, search Museum of Miniature Houses, select the l...
03/08/2019

Did you know that the Museum has a You Tube Channel?

Go to YouTube.com, search Museum of Miniature Houses, select the listing that has the round photo of the front of our our building, and you will get to the home page.

To see all 32 of our videos, click on Videos. The most recent feature Brynn Tyszka who was our guest artist at the Feb. 27 sessions of Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship.

Other videos include Jim Dupler who makes a miniature vase out of a tagua nut on a miniature lathe, woodcarver Geoff Davis, singers MaryAnne Mathews, Lucy Park Newton, Jane Alexander, Jaime Nichole, and Maria Diebolt.

Please start following our You Tube channel. If we get 100 followers, we can get a customized URL that will streamline the access to our channel.

For everyone living in Carmel, check out the latest issue of the Current newspaper.  Our temporary exhibit of The Sahlbe...
02/20/2019

For everyone living in Carmel, check out the latest issue of the Current newspaper. Our temporary exhibit of The Sahlberg is the cover story.
You must come to see it before we have to give it up.

In 2019 we proudly present the 26th year of the museum and the fifth year of the Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsma...
02/19/2019

In 2019 we proudly present the 26th year of the museum and the fifth year of the Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship series.

Our audiences enjoy demonstrations and performances of creativity and craftsmanship by violists, guitarists, singer/songwriters, poets, jewelry makers, ceramicists, woodworkers, painters, fiction writers, to name a few.
When guests come to enjoy a session, they easily see that scale miniatures are all about creativity and craftsmanship, just as in any art form. Actually miniatures in our collection comprise nearly every art form.

During the sessions, the artists show their work or perform, and talk about how they got involved in art, what their sources of inspiration are, and their technique. Frequently artisans and artists do onsite demonstrations, from painting a landscape to carving a tiny vase out of a tagua nut.

Sessions take place on every second and fourth Wednesday at 111 E. Main Street, Carmel in our front room. Starting time is noon so that our visitors can spend their lunch hour with us.

Admission to the program is free.

The 2019 program schedule begins on Feb. 27, with Brynn Tyszka be singing The Standard Set: an afternoon of jazz classics and contemporary favorites.

Get ready for Breyer Fun Day.  Join us on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy looking at the Breyer horses in...
02/06/2019

Get ready for Breyer Fun Day.
Join us on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Enjoy looking at the Breyer horses in our permanent collection, enhanced with manes and tails made from real horsehair, handmade bridles and saddles, and costumed riders suiting each type of horse. Then, paint your own Breyer 4-inch “Stablemate” horse with materials provided by the museum. Take home your hand painted horse and other souvenirs.

Regular admission applies.

Again, due to severe weather conditions, the museum will be closed Friday, February 1, 2019.The weather will be great fo...
02/01/2019

Again, due to severe weather conditions, the museum will be closed Friday, February 1, 2019.

The weather will be great for outings during the weekend, however. We are open Saturday from 11-4 pm and Sunday 1-4 pm.

Check out our new special special exhibit is called Good Enough to Eat. The exhibit focuses on some of our favorite foods in miniature, from the preparation of it to its iconic packaging. Even in miniature, these treats are good enough to eat!

The museum will be closed Wednesday January 30 and Thursday February 1 because of severe weather conditions.  We do not ...
01/29/2019

The museum will be closed Wednesday January 30 and Thursday February 1 because of severe weather conditions. We do not want to encourage anyone to go outside unless necessary.

We plan to reopen on Friday, February 2.

Be sure to check out objects from our collection on loan to the Indiana Medical History Museum for their upcoming exhibi...
01/07/2019

Be sure to check out objects from our collection on loan to the Indiana Medical History Museum for their upcoming exhibit Small Doses: Medicine in Miniature, which runs from January 12 through April 27.

Miniature highlights include Marion Haerle’s Doctor’s Office (on loan from the artist) and medical tools and books from the Estate of Janet King. Visitors will discover a surprise as well; there is a miniature version of a medical object alongside the full-size object that belongs to the Indiana Medical History Museum’s permanent collection. Let us know when you find it!

The Indiana Medical History Museum interprets scientific medicine of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The museum is housed in the Old Pathology Building, a nineteen-room facility constructed in 1896 on the grounds of the Central State Hospital for the Insane. The Museum is located at 3045 West Vermont Street in Indianapolis. See the web site (www.imhm.org) for hours and visitor information.

Last few weeks to see the Founders Exhibit celebrating the museum's 25th anniversary.Enjoy the details below of Suzanne ...
12/08/2018

Last few weeks to see the Founders Exhibit celebrating the museum's 25th anniversary.

Enjoy the details below of Suzanne Landshof's English bedroom made in 2003 photographed by Heidi Mayo.

On Weds., Dec. 12, the museum hosts another  Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship at noon.  Admission is free to...
12/06/2018

On Weds., Dec. 12, the museum hosts another Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship at noon. Admission is free to this event.

Geoff Davis will give a demonstration of woodcarving. Using wood, tinplate and leather he carves, constructs and paints whimsical birds and animals and wood pull toys in a folk art style.

Geoff explains, “I’ve been making, designing and building things my entire life. Over the years I’ve had success building things of wood — boats, ukuleles and furniture. My focus today is on early pull toys. In addition to wood I use a great deal of painted leather and formed tinplate.”

This Saturday we host a Holiday Decorating Workshop for children from 1-3 pm.  Your child(ren) can make a variety of orn...
12/04/2018

This Saturday we host a Holiday Decorating Workshop for children from 1-3 pm. Your child(ren) can make a variety of ornaments, some of which are shown here.

Regular admission applies. Adult supervision is required for anyone under the age of 15.

It's not  raining in the museum today! Great day to visit, especially for Miniatures by Candlelight from 4 to 7 pm. Admi...
12/01/2018

It's not raining in the museum today! Great day to visit, especially for Miniatures by Candlelight from 4 to 7 pm.
Admission is free to the event.
Enjoy the displays lighted only with their own mini lights and candlelight. Carolers from the Indianapolis Arts Chorale will sing throughout the evening.

Enjoy the Tiny Tree Houses tree made by the Museum of Miniature Houses at the Indiana Historical Society’s Festival of...
11/16/2018

Enjoy the Tiny Tree Houses tree made by the Museum of Miniature Houses at the Indiana Historical Society’s Festival of Trees. Our tree is in the board room on the fourth level.

The Festival of Trees comprises eighty elaborately decorated trees are packed into the building to delight people of all ages. In past years, there have been had upside-down trees, trees made from unconventional materials and even a virtual reality tree. You can vote for your three favorites. We hope you vote for ours: Tiny Tree Houses, number 72.

The Festival of Trees runs from Nov 16, 2018 – Jan 5, 2019. Due to popular demand, the History Center will be open daily throughout the run of Festival of Trees. Regular operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. In addition, the History Center will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays and close late, at 8 p.m., on Twilight Tuesdays.

The History Center is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

We currently have a six-room dollhouse for sale for $70. It is 32 inches wide by 28 inches tall by 19 inches deep.  The ...
11/15/2018

We currently have a six-room dollhouse for sale for $70. It is 32 inches wide by 28 inches tall by 19 inches deep. The house is mostly completed. Materials needed to finish the house are included except for window glass. The house has nicely laid wood floors throughout. There is some damage to roof shingles.
Please call the museum if interested. The number is 317-575-9466.

Join us tomorrow, Nov. 14, for a demonstration and presentation by architect, jewelry maker and Indiana Artisan Lily Pai...
11/13/2018

Join us tomorrow, Nov. 14, for a demonstration and presentation by architect, jewelry maker and Indiana Artisan Lily Pai. Come at noon. Admission is free for this program.

Bring Your Doll Day at the Museum of Miniature Houses.
11/10/2018

Bring Your Doll Day at the Museum of Miniature Houses.

Enjoy a presentation of art by Philip Campbell, including carvings, paintings, and quilts in our Celebrations of Creativ...
10/17/2018

Enjoy a presentation of art by Philip Campbell, including carvings, paintings, and quilts in our Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship on Weds., Oct 24 at noon.

Admission is free to this event.

Artist's Statement: I began my career as a professional artist fresh out of the Herron School of Art (1985-89) with a four-person exhibit at Ruschman Gallery in Indianapolis in 1990. In 2017, I have fulfilled a 10-year desire to learn how to work with textiles. In February I did a short apprenticeship with a mascot company in order to learn how to use sewing machines and work with various fabrics so that I could begin to make quilts. In December of 2017, I was awarded the inaugural DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award.

The Museum proudly announces that it has installed an exterior free library for anyone's use.  The library is located on...
10/05/2018

The Museum proudly announces that it has installed an exterior free library for anyone's use. The library is located on 1st Street SE on the side of the museum. The museum's address is 111 East Main Street, Carmel, IN.
Museum co-founder Suzie Moffett said, "I have been wanting to make a library available for a long time. Thanks to Tom Berenger's carpentry skills and the enthusiastic support of the board of directors, our free library is up and ready to use."

The next workshop at The Museum of Miniature Housesis taking place Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018:         Nancy Summers’ - Th...
10/04/2018
The Art of Upholstery Workshop • Museum of Miniature Houses

The next workshop at The Museum of Miniature Houses
is taking place Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018:
Nancy Summers’ - The Art of Upholstery

Students will receive a 1-inch scale finished chair and a choice of fabric or real leather with which to upholster it. You may also bring your own fabric.
***Students must bring fabric scissors.***
Times: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm (includes lunch break)
Cost: $55.00 for members/$60 for non-members
Minimum age: 15
Maximum number of students: 10

Registration deadline is October 14th.
To register visit the Museum website at http://www.museumofminiatures.org/event/the-art-of-upholstery-workshop/

workshop Nancy Summers Upholstery The Museum of Miniature Houses presents its next workshop, The Art of Upholstery, taking place at the Museum on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Nancy Summers, a professional miniaturist specializing in furniture and upholstery, will be the teacher. A sample of her work....

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