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The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

816-235-8000||http://www.toyandminiaturemuseum.org

MISSION

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.


HISTORY

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures opened in 1982 as the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City featuring the collections of Mary Harris Francis and Barbara Marshall. Operating in a building on the corner of 52nd and Oak on the University of Missouri – Kansas City campus, the 7,000-square-foot museum had two full-time staff members.

Over the next thirty years with expansions in 1985 and 2004, the museum grew to 33,000 square feet. During that same period, the collection increased to over 72,000 objects. In 2012, the museum embarked on its first public capital campaign to support building and exhibit improvements.

On August 1, 2015, the museum reopened as The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures with the world’s largest fine-scale miniature collection and one of the nation’s largest antique toy collections on public display.

July 2016

Treasures of the Kings: 18th Century French Interiors in Miniature

July 30, 2016 - July 30, 2020

T/m is honored to premiere three new fine-scale miniature room settings on long-term loan from Ede & Ravenscroft, the oldest tailor in London and the exclusive provider of robes for the British Royal Family. Treasures of the Kings highlights Louis XV and Louis XVI royal furniture arranged in two room settings from the Palace of Versailles and one from the Palace of Fontainebleau. The centerpiece of the collection is Denis Hillman’s Bureau du Roi. Comprised of over 16,000 individual pieces…

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November 2017

Included with museum admission

Playing for Keeps: The VFW Marble Tournaments, 1947-1962

November 11, 2017 - January 6, 2019

Marble playing ruled playgrounds for much of the twentieth century. Requiring only a handful of marbles and a patch of dirt, the game crossed all economic and social barriers. In 1947, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) created a national marble tournament to positively influence young boys and re-engage WWII and Korean War veterans in civilian life. The tournament, an annual event for 14 years, was a life-changing experience for the thousands of kids who participated. Playing for Keeps tells…

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August 2018

Free

Farewell to Summer Free Day: Time Quest

August 18, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Say goodbye to summer with free admission at T/m! Explore the galleries with a brand new scavenger hunt that will take you back in time. An unstable time portal is sending objects to the past, and the museum needs your help to find them! Visit a family-friendly craft workshop to make your own time-travel spectacles for your journey through the museum. Activities available while supplies last.

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Kansas City, MO 64114
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