The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures preserves and exhibits the world's largest collection of fine-scale miniatures and one of the nation's largest collections of antique toys.
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It's a BIG conversation about fine-scale miniatures. Curator of Interpretation Laura Taylor joins the MAD ABOUT MINIATUR...
09/07/2021
The Biggest Little Museum!

It's a BIG conversation about fine-scale miniatures. Curator of Interpretation Laura Taylor joins the MAD ABOUT MINIATURES podcast to chat T/m and the world of miniatures.

Give it a listen! ⤵️

The world's largest collection of fine-scale miniatures is at the National Museum of Toys/Miniatures. The museum was founded by two childhood friends who grew up to be world class collectors. Laura Taylor from the museum tells us the stories behind some of...

Voting is underway for Best of KC 2021! T/m is a finalist in two categories this year: Best Museum and Best Art Exhibit ...
09/03/2021
Best of Kansas City 2021 Ballot

Voting is underway for Best of KC 2021! T/m is a finalist in two categories this year: Best Museum and Best Art Exhibit (for Bridging the Gender Divide: Toys That Build STEM Skills).

Click the links below to cast your ballots today!

✅ Best Museum ➡ bit.ly/3yAQtDL

✅ Best Art Exhibit ➡ bit.ly/3mUUCjJ

The Pitch brings you KC's original and biggest "Best of Kansas City" awards, back for the Roaring 20's!

Visitors to the museum will notice some exciting changes to THE MODERN DOLLHOUSE gallery. The new display is highlighted...
09/01/2021

Visitors to the museum will notice some exciting changes to THE MODERN DOLLHOUSE gallery. The new display is highlighted by the Barbie Magical Mansion 1990, graciously donated by the mother of the late Keisha Clay.

Click here learn more about this very special donation to the T/m collection ➡ https://bit.ly/3gTz6rP

Click here to plan your next visit and check out the entire display in person ➡ https://bit.ly/3is3BEh

Visitors to the museum will notice some exciting changes to THE MODERN DOLLHOUSE gallery. The new display is highlighted by the Barbie Magical Mansion 1990, graciously donated by the mother of the late Keisha Clay.

Click here learn more about this very special donation to the T/m collection ➡ https://bit.ly/3gTz6rP

Click here to plan your next visit and check out the entire display in person ➡ https://bit.ly/3is3BEh

👶 Baby dolls are long-time favorites that steal our hearts. In the latest T/m2Go video, learn about some of the ways toy...
08/30/2021
T/m2Go: Just Like Me!

👶 Baby dolls are long-time favorites that steal our hearts. In the latest T/m2Go video, learn about some of the ways toymakers have endeavored to make these dolls more realistic. Then download the activity page and talk toys with a family member: bit.ly/2WuhewZ.

T/m2Go is supported by Seigfreid Bingham, P.C./Lori Beam.

Baby dolls are long-time favorites that steal our hearts! In this T/m2Go video, learn about some of the ways toymakers have created baby dolls to be more re...

Azhelle Wade is an entrepreneur and three-time patented toy inventor with more than a decade of experience in the toy in...
08/27/2021
Welcome to the Making It in The Toy Industry Podcast with The Toy Coach Azhelle Wade — The Toy Coach

Azhelle Wade is an entrepreneur and three-time patented toy inventor with more than a decade of experience in the toy industry. On Sept. 14 she will share her journey during MEET THE EXPERTS: THE TOY COACH.

For more info and to register for FREE ➡ bit.ly/3BfPWsM

Until then, get to know The Toy Coach by checking out her terrific podcast MAKING IT IN THE TOY INDUSTRY 👇

Making It in The Toy Industry is a podcast filled with actionable tips and toy-spirational advice for aspiring toy inventors and entrepreneurs. I Each week you’ll learn from the best in the industry through mini toy masterclasses and informative interviews. Learn what it really takes to sell your ...

T/m recently debuted the Rotating Textile Case in the Fine-Scale Miniatures Gallery. This exhibit case will feature the ...
08/26/2021

T/m recently debuted the Rotating Textile Case in the Fine-Scale Miniatures Gallery. This exhibit case will feature the work of several miniature textile artists in T/m's collection on a rotating basis.

The first display, just a sample of which is pictured below, highlights contemporary artist Pat Hartman. Visit T/m to see her brilliant work in person and stay tuned for future textile artist spotlights.

Pictured: Chevron Rug, 2019, Pat Hartman, American

Plan your visit ➡ https://toyandminiaturemuseum.org/visit/tickets/

T/m recently debuted the Rotating Textile Case in the Fine-Scale Miniatures Gallery. This exhibit case will feature the work of several miniature textile artists in T/m's collection on a rotating basis.

The first display, just a sample of which is pictured below, highlights contemporary artist Pat Hartman. Visit T/m to see her brilliant work in person and stay tuned for future textile artist spotlights.

Pictured: Chevron Rug, 2019, Pat Hartman, American

Plan your visit ➡ https://toyandminiaturemuseum.org/visit/tickets/

08/23/2021

T/m will be closed today due to a power outage.

Shout-out to all UMKC students back on campus this weekend! Did you know that UMKC students, faculty and staff receive F...
08/20/2021

Shout-out to all UMKC students back on campus this weekend! Did you know that UMKC students, faculty and staff receive FREE admission to T/m, located right here on campus? Simply flash your UMKC-issued ID when you arrive and begin exploring! 🦘

Plan your visit ➡ bit.ly/3l2gR2T

Shout-out to all UMKC students back on campus this weekend! Did you know that UMKC students, faculty and staff receive FREE admission to T/m, located right here on campus? Simply flash your UMKC-issued ID when you arrive and begin exploring! 🦘

Plan your visit ➡ bit.ly/3l2gR2T

T/m is thrilled to see the return of Planet Comicon Kansas City in 2021! So thrilled, in fact, that we're offering disco...
08/19/2021
Tickets - The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

T/m is thrilled to see the return of Planet Comicon Kansas City in 2021! So thrilled, in fact, that we're offering discounted museum admission to convention registrants through the end of August.

Simply show proof of your Planet Comicon registration when you arrive at the museum to receive $4.00 general admission. Offer valid through Aug. 30, 2021.

Plan your visit ➡ bit.ly/3is3BEh

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures educates, inspires and delights adults and children through the museum’s collection and preservation of toys and miniatures. Located on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus, the museum exhibits the world’s largest collection of fine-scale minia...

T/m served as a filming location for the award-winning SUMMER IN HINDSIGHT, which highlights iconic places in the Kansas...
08/13/2021
‘Summer in Hindsight’ Film Screening & Discussion with Artist Peregrine Honig

T/m served as a filming location for the award-winning SUMMER IN HINDSIGHT, which highlights iconic places in the Kansas City area.

This Sunday, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art will screen the film, followed by a discussion with artist Peregrine Honig, musician Calvin Arsenia, and art director Cynthia Harrington.

SUMMER IN HINDSIGHT was written and co-executive produced by Honig, whose self-titled museum exhibition is currently on view at the AKMA.

Click below for tickets or for more info. ⤵

Join us for a screening of Summer in Hindsight, a film written by artist Peregrine Honig, directed by Khitam Jabr, and starring Calvin Arsenia. This film follows Kansas City musician Calvin Arseni…

If you missed T/m's recent MEET THE EXPERTS: NEW ACQUISITIONS virtual event, then you missed all kinds of museum knowled...
08/11/2021
Meet the Experts: New Acquisitions

If you missed T/m's recent MEET THE EXPERTS: NEW ACQUISITIONS virtual event, then you missed all kinds of museum knowledge being dropped by Curator of Collections Amy McKune and Curator of Interpretation Laura Taylor. 🤯

But fret not; you can check it out on-demand via the T/m YouTube page. Learn why museums have limits on what objects they will accept, why collection policies and procedures are so important, the decision-making that went into some of T/m’s most recent acquisitions, and tons more.

Be sure to subscribe to the T/m YouTube channel while you're there!

Have you ever wondered how T/m selects objects for its collection? Curator of Collections Amy McKune and Curator of Interpretation Laura Taylor take you insi...

Are you a miniature enthusiast who would like to learn from the masters of the art form? The International Guild of Mini...
08/09/2021
International Guild of Miniature Artisans

Are you a miniature enthusiast who would like to learn from the masters of the art form? The International Guild of Miniature Artisans (IGMA) has a school every summer in Castine, Maine, to train emerging artists in the field, and they just extended their scholarship deadline to Aug. 15!

Click below to apply 👇

The Guild School, sponsored by the International Guild of Miniature Artisans (IGMA), established its Scholarship Program in 1985 with the first scholarship recipients attending the 1986 Guild School. Each year since then, scholarships have been awarded to deserving miniaturists. The 2022 scholarship...

NEWS: T/m will resume Monday operating hours beginning next week (Aug. 9). Earlier this summer, T/m also reinstated Sund...
08/06/2021

NEWS: T/m will resume Monday operating hours beginning next week (Aug. 9). Earlier this summer, T/m also reinstated Sunday operating hours as part of a phased approach to return the museum to its traditional schedule.

A temporary schedule had been instituted in July 2020 when the museum re-opened following the COVID-19 shutdown.

With the resumption of Monday hours next week, T/m will be open to the public Wednesday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NEWS: T/m will resume Monday operating hours beginning next week (Aug. 9). Earlier this summer, T/m also reinstated Sunday operating hours as part of a phased approach to return the museum to its traditional schedule.

A temporary schedule had been instituted in July 2020 when the museum re-opened following the COVID-19 shutdown.

With the resumption of Monday hours next week, T/m will be open to the public Wednesday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Good grief! There's a new toy collection on display inside T/m's Hall of Collections. Charles M. Schultz's PEANUTS comic...
08/05/2021

Good grief! There's a new toy collection on display inside T/m's Hall of Collections. Charles M. Schultz's PEANUTS comic strip debuted in 1950. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and friends have resonated with children and adults alike ever since.

Click the link to plan your next visit to T/m and catch up with the entire Peanuts gang. ⤵️

https://toyandminiaturemuseum.org/visit/tickets/

Good grief! There's a new toy collection on display inside T/m's Hall of Collections. Charles M. Schultz's PEANUTS comic strip debuted in 1950. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and friends have resonated with children and adults alike ever since.

Click the link to plan your next visit to T/m and catch up with the entire Peanuts gang. ⤵️

https://toyandminiaturemuseum.org/visit/tickets/

🥳 T/m has been voted by Kansas City Kids Out And About readers as one of the top 20 places to take kids ➡️ bit.ly/3lpUN5...
08/03/2021
Tickets - The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

🥳 T/m has been voted by Kansas City Kids Out And About readers as one of the top 20 places to take kids ➡️ bit.ly/3lpUN5Q.

Plan your next visit to see for yourself what everyone's raving about. 😎

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures educates, inspires and delights adults and children through the museum’s collection and preservation of toys and miniatures. Located on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus, the museum exhibits the world’s largest collection of fine-scale minia...

In accordance with the indoor mask mandate reinstated by the city of Kansas City, Mo., T/m will require museum visitors ...
08/02/2021

In accordance with the indoor mask mandate reinstated by the city of Kansas City, Mo., T/m will require museum visitors and staff to wear masks effective Monday, Aug. 2.

Museum visitors are also encouraged to be mindful of appropriate physical distancing while exploring the galleries and museum store.

T/m greatly appreciates your cooperation and understanding.

In accordance with the indoor mask mandate reinstated by the city of Kansas City, Mo., T/m will require museum visitors and staff to wear masks effective Monday, Aug. 2.

Museum visitors are also encouraged to be mindful of appropriate physical distancing while exploring the galleries and museum store.

T/m greatly appreciates your cooperation and understanding.

📣 Last call for tickets! Today is the final day to register for MINI SERIES: PETITE PAINTINGS, an online event July 30 t...
07/29/2021
MINI SERIES: Petite Paintings - The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

📣 Last call for tickets!

Today is the final day to register for MINI SERIES: PETITE PAINTINGS, an online event July 30 that explores the world of fine-scale miniature paintings. Take a virtual tour of T/m's own miniature works of art, followed by a workshop led by Happy Trees Painting.

Click below for more info and to register 👇

Nurture your creativity with the virtual program MINI SERIES: PETITE PAINTINGS. Enjoy a tour of T/m’s fine-scale miniature paintings, then create your own.

Last year, T/m was a finalist in three categories. This year, it's time to go all the way. Head to The Pitch and nominat...
07/28/2021

Last year, T/m was a finalist in three categories. This year, it's time to go all the way. Head to The Pitch and nominate us for "Best of KC 2021" in any number of categories, ranging from Best Museum to Best Place For a Cheap Date to Best Place to Geek Out.

Nominations close July 30 at 5 p.m. Central.

https://vote.thepitchkc.com/

Best Attraction 😲
Best Customer Service 😇
Best page 💻
Best Gift Store 🎁
Best Local Instagram 📱
Best Museum 🏛️
Best Place For a Cheap Date 💲
Best Place For a First Date 💕
Best Place to Geek Out 🤓
Best Place to Take a Selfie 🤳
Best Place to Take Out of Town Guests 🛬
Best Vintage Finds 🧸

Last year, T/m was a finalist in three categories. This year, it's time to go all the way. Head to The Pitch and nominate us for "Best of KC 2021" in any number of categories, ranging from Best Museum to Best Place For a Cheap Date to Best Place to Geek Out.

Nominations close July 30 at 5 p.m. Central.

https://vote.thepitchkc.com/

Best Attraction 😲
Best Customer Service 😇
Best page 💻
Best Gift Store 🎁
Best Local Instagram 📱
Best Museum 🏛️
Best Place For a Cheap Date 💲
Best Place For a First Date 💕
Best Place to Geek Out 🤓
Best Place to Take a Selfie 🤳
Best Place to Take Out of Town Guests 🛬
Best Vintage Finds 🧸

T/m Curator of Interpretation Laura Taylor recently hosted FOX4 News Kansas City reporter Kerri Stowell for a "Zip Trip"...
07/27/2021

T/m Curator of Interpretation Laura Taylor recently hosted FOX4 News Kansas City reporter Kerri Stowell for a "Zip Trip" detour at the museum.

Click the link below to check out the segment, which begins at the 1:06 mark.

🎥: https://bit.ly/3zJM9TB

T/m Curator of Interpretation Laura Taylor recently hosted FOX4 News Kansas City reporter Kerri Stowell for a "Zip Trip" detour at the museum.

Click the link below to check out the segment, which begins at the 1:06 mark.

🎥: https://bit.ly/3zJM9TB

A few spots remain available for Friday night's virtual painting event MINI SERIES: PETITE PAINTINGS. 🎨Take a virtual to...
07/26/2021
MINI SERIES: Petite Paintings - The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

A few spots remain available for Friday night's virtual painting event MINI SERIES: PETITE PAINTINGS. 🎨

Take a virtual tour of T/m's jaw-dropping fine-scale miniature paintings, then enjoy a virtual painting workshop led by Happy Trees Painting Co.

Click here for more info and to register ➡️ bit.ly/3eB11f1.

Nurture your creativity with the virtual program MINI SERIES: PETITE PAINTINGS. Enjoy a tour of T/m’s fine-scale miniature paintings, then create your own.

Be sure to tune in to FOX4 News Kansas City this morning for a "Zip Trips" stop at T/m.Click below to view the live stre...
07/23/2021
Live Streaming

Be sure to tune in to FOX4 News Kansas City this morning for a "Zip Trips" stop at T/m.

Click below to view the live stream. 👇

Live news broadcasts show in the video player; a replay shows when no news is broadcast live.

There is a little artist in everyone. Nurture your artistic creativity July 30 with MINI SERIES: PETITE PAINTINGS. 🎨 Enj...
07/19/2021
MINI SERIES: Petite Paintings - The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

There is a little artist in everyone. Nurture your artistic creativity July 30 with MINI SERIES: PETITE PAINTINGS. 🎨

Enjoy a virtual tour of some of T/m’s phenomenal fine-scale miniature paintings, then try creating your own miniature masterpiece in our virtual workshop guided by Happy Trees Painting Co. For adults 18 and older.

Space is limited so don't brush it off -- register today!

Nurture your creativity with the virtual program MINI SERIES: PETITE PAINTINGS. Enjoy a tour of T/m’s fine-scale miniature paintings, then create your own.

Have you ever wondered how T/m selects objects for its collection? Join curators Amy McKune and Laura Taylor today for a...
07/18/2021

Have you ever wondered how T/m selects objects for its collection? Join curators Amy McKune and Laura Taylor today for a live virtual discussion that takes you inside the museum's inner workings.

📅: Today
⏰: 2-3pm
📍: Online
🔗: bit.ly/3xkMPhy
💲: FREE

Have you ever wondered how T/m selects objects for its collection? Join curators Amy McKune and Laura Taylor today for a live virtual discussion that takes you inside the museum's inner workings.

📅: Today
⏰: 2-3pm
📍: Online
🔗: bit.ly/3xkMPhy
💲: FREE

Check out this terrific new documentary by 3M that highlights the need for greater diversity, equity and inclusion in ST...
07/15/2021
Not the Science Type

Check out this terrific new documentary by 3M that highlights the need for greater diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM-related fields. It profiles four women in science, including a 15-year-old inventor who talks about receiving a chemistry set from her uncle when she was only four.

Be sure to explore T/m's award-winning exhibit BRIDGING THE GENDER DIVIDE: TOYS THAT BUILD STEM SKILLS. It's only here through September 5!

🎟: https://toyandminiaturemuseum.org/visit/tickets/

Not the Science Type" is 3M's new documentary that addresses negative stereotypes and the need for greater diversity, equity and inclusion in the science, te...

T/m is in the house, UMKC! Come play with us this morning at the Roo Connection Day Roo Fair. We brought the LEGOs.
07/12/2021

T/m is in the house, UMKC! Come play with us this morning at the Roo Connection Day Roo Fair. We brought the LEGOs.

🎵 Sunday, Monday, happy days... 🎵T/m will resume Sunday hours beginning this weekend and will add Monday hours beginning...
07/09/2021
T/m Preparing Resumption of Full Operating Schedule - The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

🎵 Sunday, Monday, happy days... 🎵

T/m will resume Sunday hours beginning this weekend and will add Monday hours beginning August 9. The resumption of Sunday and Monday hours will return T/m to its traditional pre-COVID operating schedule, with the museum closed to the public on Tuesdays.

Click below for more details.

Museum will return Sundays, Mondays to public openings this summer KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures (T/m) announced today that preparations are underway to resume full operating hours in a phased approach over the next several weeks. The museum will resume Sunday hours...

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5235 Oak St
Kansas City, MO
64112

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

Telephone

(816) 235-8000

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The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures preserves and exhibits one of the nation's largest collection of historic toys currently on display and the world's largest collection of contemporary, fine-scale miniatures. Learn more about the museum and its collection on the museum’s website (toyandminiaturemuseum.org), the museum's blog (https://toyandminiaturemuseum.org/news/), Instagram (@toyandminiaturemuseum), or Pinterest.


Comments

I found these miniature sets that belonged to my Grandmother. I cannot find any information on their origins and thought this museum may be able to help 😊 The green box says "Striecher's 1017 Main Street Kansas City MO" on top. I have discovered that Striecher's was a jewelry store that was purchased by the Oppenstein brothers in 1902. I am unsure if the miniature set is original to the box, but the jug is clay, and the pocket knife works.
What was this long red character that appeared in old Hanna-Barbera cartoons strolling in woods and gardens sporadically but had nothing to do with the plot?
I am looking for this vintage elephant stuffed elephant I had in the 60s or 70s. I believe it was musical and might have had blue with white dots overalls on. It had red inner ears and red on the end of its paws. Either the item or close to it or any info would be appreciated
You REALLY need to update your hours on your social media pages...instead of having guests drive here just to read it on your front door!
Saw this and thought the work was totally 'museum' worthy... https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=827890850950759
I wonder if you can tell me any info on this little dolls head I found in my garden...thank you :)
Gina Kitty Theesfield why haven't we road tripped here?
If any of you are looking for last-minute gift ideas for Lucy and Posey (or Daddy)...
I just saw this video and, I need to come to the museum asap🤩
Expressions Art Exhibition Opening Night Reception | Friday, April 5, 6-10pm | Held at Kansas City Young Audiences, 3732 Main Street, KCMO | Opening night activities include entertainment, refreshments, silent auction, artist meet-and-greet, and a live painting demonstration by Nicholas Clark. www.thewholeperson.org/expressions The Whole Person 9th Annual Expressions Art Exhibition showcases artists with disabilities, celebrating their abilities and unique talents. The annual exhibition adds diversity to the Kansas City arts community exposing audiences to art that otherwise might not be seen, and an art gallery experience that is accessible to people of all abilities. Expressions strives to promote artists with disabilities by featuring their work in professionally organized art exhibitions and offering innovative (educational and/or networking) workshops that connect them to the broad regional creative community.